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Player Analysis: Jack Grealish

Jack Grealish: Who Is He? 

  • Name – Jack Grealish 
  • Age – 09/10/1995 (25 years old)
  • Rookie Season/ Team –  2013 / Notts County
  • Nationality – English 
  • International Caps (Goals) – 5 (0)
  • Position – Attacking Midfield
  • Current Team / League – Aston Villa / English Premier League 

Jack Grealish: Career Overview 

A West Midlands boy born and bred, Jack Grealish is a lifelong Aston Villa fan and joined the club when he was six years old. During his time at the Academy, Grealish was part of the team that won the  2012–13 NextGen Series, scoring in the semi-final against Sporting CP.

Aston Villa loaned Grealish out to Notts County in 2013 and scored his first professional goal against Gillingham in a 3-1 win. Grealish finished his loan with five goals and seven assists in 39 total appearances. He made his Aston Villa debut in a 4-0 loss to Manchester City, coming on as an 88th minute substitute. 

His first Aston Villa start did not come until 2015, appearing in an FA Cup 3rd Round tie against Blackpool. Grealish’s first Premier League start came three months later with a standout performance in a 3-3 draw against Queens Park Rangers. In the FA Cup semi-final, Grealish had a hand in both of Villa’s goals, including the assist for Fabian Delph’s winning goal against Liverpool, although Villa lost the final 4-0 to Arsenal. 

Grealish’s first Aston Villa goal came from a 20-yard strike against eventual Premier League Champions Leicester City. This season also saw Villa relegated, and Grealish achieved the undesirable distinction of appearing in 16 losses, which stands as a record for the worst season. 

Grealish experienced a myriad of off-field problems throughout his early career, which made managers and fans question his attitude. He finally came good in 2019, where he was awarded the Captaincy from March and won ten league games in a row. This was enough to put them in promotion contention, and they beat West Bromwich Albion and Derby County to return to the Premier League. 

Despite the disruptions of the 2019/20 season, Grealish impressed even if Villa struggled and only just survived on the last day. This was thanks, in part, to his goal in a 1-1 draw against West Ham United on the last day (as well as malfunctioning goal line technology). Grealish finished the season as the top goalscorer and also received Villa’s Player of the Season.

His Season So Far 

Despite many writing Villa off before the season began, the team started well and beat reigning champions Liverpool 7-2 at Villa park where he scored twice and provided three assists. It took Grealish a month to score again, and then assisted Ollie Watkins’ goal in the 3-0 win over Arsenal. 

This season has also seen Grealish enter the international fold, despite Gareth Southgate preferring Mason Mount in the Attacking Midfield position. Grealish made his debut as a substitute against Denmark and made his first start in a friendly against Wales. Against Wales, he assisted Dominic Calvert-Lewin for the first goal. Grealish registered another assist, this time against Ireland, setting up Jadon Sancho for England’s second. The final score was 3-0. 

How Do His Stats Look?

Jack Grealish has made 196 appearances for the Villains and contributed 31 goals and 37 assists in all competitions. If we look solely at goals, this averages out to 0.15 goals per game. This is not a great statistic. However, this is because of how long it took him to register his first goal, it makes sense. 

When you add his assists, things look better. Grealish has made 0.34 goal contributions throughout his career. 

The current season is where his stats look world class. Over the ten appearances he has made, he has provided six goals and six assists in all competitions. This gives Grealish a ratio of 1.2 goal involvements per game.  

Why Has Jack Grealish’s Value Increased? 

Jack Grealish has always been considered a talent worth paying attention to. But his talismanic performances for Aston Villa over the past few seasons have established him as a valuable player. This applies to real life and soccer cards, and here are a few reasons his value has increased.

  • Star performer in the Aston Villa team this season
  • Has made a fantastic start to the season with 5 goals and 6 assist in the EPL
  • Recently made his debut for England (vs. Denmark)
  • Exciting player reaching his prime years 
  • Increased interest in soccer cards 

Jack Grealish: Predictions for the Future 

If you’ve watched Grealish play, you can see how high his ceiling is. This is why so many big clubs are making not-so-subtle enquiries, and it’s safe to say he’d slot into most, if not all, of the Top Six teams. As Grealish is on the brink of his prime, here are some predictions for the future. 

  • Consistency: Grealish is one of the most consistent players in the league this season. There’s no reason this consistency won’t continue as the season progresses. 
  • Form: Grealish’ form is one reason Aston Villa started the season well, and although they have dropped off recently, Grealish is still performing at a high level, managing an average rating of 8.2 so far. 
  • Club Form: After escaping relegation in controversial fashion on the last day, Villa defied expectations early in the season. Their form has leveled since then, but they have claimed several scalps in the EPL, most notably battering Liverpool 7-2 in gameweek 5.
  • Honors: Grealish has not enjoyed any team honors, although he has come close with runner-up finishes in the FA Cup and EFL Cup over the last five years. His individual talent has been recognized, though, and was voted Aston Villa’s Player of the Season in 2019/20.
  • International Performance: No goals yet for Grealish in international competition. But he has been a standout player for England in his five games. He could establish himself as a vital player that offers England something different in the Euros next year. 

Summary 

Many players are the flavor of the month and then forgotten about quickly after. But this may not be the case with Jack Grealish. He is a quality player at the top of his game, and his ceiling could be even higher if he continues the fine form he has shown so far. 

Whether he stays at Aston Villa at the end of the season remains to be seen, but wherever he ends up, he will no doubt be a special player for whoever is lucky enough to get him. 

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