As per one of the latest reports by Leicester Mercury, Leicester City are keen to lure Aston Villa’s youngster, Jack Grealish, to the King Power Stadium in the summer. The Foxes are willing to roll out £20million to secure his services but Aston Villa’s manager, Steve Bruce, has made it very clear that he is unwilling to let Grealish leave the Villa Park.
In fact, in one of his latest interviews, Bruce has slapped a price tag of £40million on the collar of Grealish, which is double of what Claude Puel’s camp are perceived to be interested to table. There is no denying that the former Hull City manager sees the 22-year-old as a pivotal element in his ranks and rating him as high as £40m should fend off interest from Leicester City.
Aston Villa have mustered a commendable season in the Championship under the tutelage of Bruce and are currently placed at the 4th spot in the league standings with 82 points to their name after 44 games. They are all set to get into the play-offs and if they eventually get promoted to the English top flight, they would need to keep their main men.
Grealish emerged through the youth ranks of the Villans and had spent the 2013-14 season out on loan with Notts County. Besides, he has also represented Republic of Ireland’s Under-17, Under-18 and Under-21 sides and England Under-21 side. He is capable of plying his trade as a central midfielder, central attacking midfielder as well as a winger and has lots of potential in him.
The midfielder has had a stupendous season in the Championship, having scored 3 goals and registered 5 assists in 25 league appearances. He has notched up a healthy pass completion rate of 85.3% and has been regularly used on the pitch by Bruce. He is very good at passing the ball meticulously, holds the ball really well and has the tendency to create chances and score goals on a regular basis.
Further, he has the required pace in his legs to operate effectively and efficiently and no wonder why his stocks are highly rated. He might not be a polished article at the moment but has showcased a lot of hunger and composure while carrying out his duties. Irrespective of whether the Lions get promoted or not, they would definitely need to keep Grealish in their arsenal and Bruce has indeed made a strong statement regarding him.
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