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Aston Villa Star Is On Manchester City’s Radar: Why The Villans Cannot Afford To Lose Him

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent report, The Daily Star has mentioned that Aston Villa star Jack Grealish is on Manchester City’s radar as Pep Guardiola eyes a massive £100m double deal for him and his teammate Douglas Luiz in the future. It is understood that Man City have set their sights firmly on the Villa captain following his incredible start to this Premier League campaign (via The Daily Star).

Grealish’s Rich Vein Of Form In English Football

Grealish has been a breath of fresh air at Villa Park as he has put in several exceptional performances from the left side of the West Midlands club’s attack. The English playmaker has registered five goals and six assists in eight matches for Dean Smith’s team across all fronts.

The 25-year-old has made a positive impression at both ends of the field after averaging 1.4 tackles, 0.6 interceptions, 3.1 shots, 2.7 key passes and 2.9 dribbles per 90 minutes in Premier League football. He has also been a relatively accurate distributor of the ball as evidenced by his pass success rate of 79.8% in the English first division (stats via whoscored).

Grealish is playing some of the best football of his young career at the moment but needs to make a switch to a top club if he intends to win some major trophies in the coming seasons. Hence, Man City could be an ideal club for him to consider if Guardiola ends up engineering a move for him next summer.

Aston Villa star Jack Grealish is on Manchester City's radar (Grealish is seen in the picture)
Aston Villa’s English midfielder Jack Grealish (L) vies for the ball against Sheffield United’s Scottish midfielder John Fleck (R) during the English Premier League football match between Aston Villa and Sheffield Utd at Villa Park in Birmingham, central England on September 21, 2020. (Photo by TIM GOODE/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

What Are The English Wide Player’s Best Attributes?

Grealish is a deceptively quick playmaker as he can drop his shoulders to make a few driving runs with the ball in the final third. He excels at creating space for himself to get a few shots in on-target or orchestrate a goal-scoring opportunity for one of his teammates inside the opposition penalty area.

The three-England international has shown that he can be prolific in terms of his overall productivity in front of the opponent’s goal. Furthermore, he is also not shy of producing a tireless shift to help his teammates out in defence when required.

Why Smith Cannot Afford To Sanction Grealish’s Exit

Based on Grealish’s recent impact, the Midlands giants cannot afford to lose him at any costs as he has transformed himself into a talismanic figure at the club. He is a key component of the Villans’ frontline, so Smith will find it difficult to attract a suitable replacement for him in the transfer market.

Grealish’s current deal at Villa Park is set to expire in the summer of 2025, so the Villans will be under no hurry to sell him anytime soon. However, if the player’s head gets turned, then the best thing Dean Smith can hope for is to get a significant sum for his services in the future. Still, the Villa supporters would hope that Grealish’s growing status would be enough to keep him happy for at least a few more years before he eventually parts ways with them in search of a new adventure.

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