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Phillips Believes Aston Villa Playmaker Is Worth His £100m Price-Tag: Should Smith Cash In On Him?

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In a recent interview with Football Insider, former Premier League forward Kevin Phillips revealed that Aston Villa playmaker Jack Grealish is worth his £100m pricetag. Phillips said,

“It is crazy.

“£100million but he is a player that is just getting better and better. At times he is theatrical but technically he is an outstanding player. He is one of the best players in the Premier League.

“Would someone be willing to pay £100million? I think they would. I do not think it will happen in January but at some point soon I think someone will.

“He is still young and he could play at the top for five, six, seven years.

“Only the wealthiest clubs could afford to sign him, the likes of United or City. Sancho is worth over £100million and for me, I would rather have Grealish.

“I cannot see him leaving in January, he is committed to the club this season but I think he will reassess next summer.”

Grealish’s Majestic Form At Villa Park This Season

Grealish has begun this Premier League campaign on fire as he helped the Villans secure some important wins by putting in a run of consistent displays on the left side of their attack. The 25-year-old has found the back of the net on six occasions and secured six assists in ten matches for the West Midlands side this season in multiple competitions.

The Birmingham-born attacker has carried most of the goal-scoring and creative burden for his team by averaging 1.6 tackles, 2.9 shots, 2.9 key passes, 0.9 crosses and 3.2 dribbles per 90 minutes in this Premier League campaign. He has distributed the ball with conviction from the left-wing after completing 81.4% of his attempted passes in the top tier of English football (stats via whoscored).

Phillips believes Aston Villa's Grealish is worth his £100m pricetag (Grealish is seen in the photo)
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 Does The England International Add To Dean Smith’s Side?

Grealish has shown great energy to make some driving runs towards the opponent’s penalty box without losing possession of the ball. He is a natural leader who loves to set an example for his teammates at Villa Park.

The three-time England international has established himself as a consistent goal-scorer and assist-maker in the Premier League. He has got the eye to play a killer pass in the final third and usually generates a lot of power with his shots from long range.

Should The Villans Cash In On Grealish If They Receive A £100m Offer For Him?

At 25, Grealish is about to embark upon the prime years of his playing career. Hence, it is quite likely that he would want to leave the Villans in search of a few trophies in the years to come. However, the Three Lions is currently under contract at Villa Park until the summer of 2025 which would give Dean Smith all the power over deciding on whether to accept a potential £100m bid for his captain in the future.

For now, the Midlands giants cannot afford to lose their best player, so they should think about keeping Grealish until the end of this campaign before deciding on whether to cash in on him next summer. Every player has a price, so if Smith believes that £100m is a fair price for his services, then he should not stand in his way as he has been nothing but a loyal servant to the club.

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