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Joachim Backs This Aston Villa Star To Fit In At Leicester City: Why Smith Cannot Afford To Lose Him

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent interview with bookmakers.co.uk, former Premier League striker Julian Joachim backed Aston Villa‘s Jack Grealish to fit in ‘nicely’ at Leicester City when he said, “He’d fit in nicely at Leicester.

“I’m a bit biased towards Leicester because I came through the ranks there and learned my trade there, so it’s closer to my heart than any other club, but it would be nice to see him go there in the future.”

Grealish’s Exceptional Form In The Premier League This Season

The Villans skipper has been a delight to watch in the Premier League this season following his excellent form under Dean Smith’s tutelage recently. The 25-year-old has registered six goals and six assists in ten games for the West Midlands club this term across all competitions.

Grealish has caught the eye with his all-round contributions on the left flank and is averaging 1.6 tackles, 2.9 shots, 2.9 key passes, 0.9 crosses and 3.2 dribbles per 90 minutes in the English first division. He has even spread the ball immaculately in the opposition half after making 81.4% of his attempted passes in top-flight football (stats via whoscored).

The England international has shown great leadership to carry his team on his back at times over the past 18 months. However, the Birmingham-born talent needs to seal a move away from Villa Park if he intends to compete for major silverware in the years to come. Leicester could be an ideal destination for Grealish as he is good enough to be a guaranteed starter in Brendan Rodgers’ first-team.

Joachim backs Aston Villa's Grealish to fit in at Leicester (Grealish is seen in the picture)
Jack Grealish of Aston Villa looks on during the Premier League match between Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur at Villa Park on February 16, 2020, in Birmingham, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

What Are The English Wide Player’s Strengths?

Grealish is quick and agile enough to pull off some lung-bursting runs towards the opposition penalty box. He has shown a good work ethic and is not shy of eating up a lot of ground for the benefit of his side. The Aston Villa youth product possesses a wide range of passes and has got the vision to play a defence-splitting pass in the final third.

The Three Lions star can score and create goals regularly in Premier League football which has made him one of the most highly sought-after playmakers in England. Hence, Joachim is right when he revealed that Grealish would be a good fit for Leicester.

Why The Villans Cannot Afford To Lose Grealish 

The Villans cannot afford to lose a player of Grealish’s quality as he is such an influential member of their first-team. Plus, he is a natural leader and can make Smith’s job a bit easier when managing his players on the field.

Unless the West Midlands outfit can find a ready-made replacement, it makes no sense for them to cash in on Grealish in the future as he is still under contract at Villa Park until the summer of 2025. With all things considered, Smith should try everything in his power to keep his captain happy at the club as losing him could prove disastrous for the Villans in the long-run.

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