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Fulham Joins The Race To Sign This 22 Y/O Midfielder From Aston Villa: Right Fit For Jokanovic?

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Ayush Chaurasia
Sports Management Graduate. Wannabe sports manager/writer and researcher. If not found disscussing about sports, will be seen talking about movies or tv shows. Miserable rest of the times.

If current reports are to be believed, then Tottenham Hotspur aren’t the only club going after Aston Villa‘s Jack Grealish.  The latest entrants are Fulham who inflicted that painful defeat on Villa in the playoff final. Businessman Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens have taken over 55% stake of the club. Villa are now financially well placed than a few weeks ago. However, it is still very much expected that their star midfielder Grealish will part ways with the club in the summer.

Spurs have been happy to bide their time as they are aware of the fact that Villa will have to generate some funds by selling some of their players. Manager Steve Bruce has also claimed that one can expect some departures from the club. However, with Fulham entering the race, Spurs will have to step up their pursuit of the star English midfielder.

The Cottagers made a massive acquisition in the form of Jean-Michael Seri, defeating some of the heavyweight clubs in the process, so the North London club cannot underestimate the Lilywhites’ credibility in getting their target. However, it is still not clear how far the Cottagers will go to lure in the 22-year-old midfielder.

The Englishman was instrumental in bringing the Clarets and Blue close to Premier League qualification. He made 34 appearances in all competitions and managed a tally of 3 goals and 8 assists. More than the goals and assists, he was always influential in drawing defenders from their position which in turn created space for other players. The Birmingham born midfielder is nimble on his feet and has the ability to wriggle out of tight spaces. He is often one of the most fouled players on the pitch as defenders find it tough to stop him.

Signing Grealish will be a big boost for Slavisa Jokanovic as a partnership of Seri, Tom Cairney and Grealish will be a potent one. However, Tottenham still remains the frontrunners for his signature as they can offer the youngster a chance to play in the Champions League.

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The Englishman is touted as a future England international and for that to happen he needs to start playing in the top flight. Fulham will be able to give him much more game time than Spurs but it is expected that Villa will sell the player to the highest bidder which is likely to be Spurs, given the fact that they will be challenging for big trophies and are yet to make a signing in the current transfer market.

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