Jack Grealish has hailed the impact that Roy Keane has had on his game since being appointed as assistant manager.
Keane was brought in by Paul Lambert this summer to help help him out in the managerial and coaching duties at the club and it is clearly a move which Grealish has appreciated.
The Villa youngster revealed that he was concerned that Keane wouldn't take to him at first, but he says that the Manchester United legend's tips on the training ground have helped him develop now.
“To be honest, at the beginning, I didn’t even think Roy would like me because of the type of player I am," Grealish revealed to the Birmingham Mail.
“On the first day of training, I didn’t start the session that well and he tapped me on the shoulder after a half an hour."
"He said: 'Are you alright?' and I replied 'yeah'. And then he asked me: 'When do you start training then?'"
“That put me under pressure straight away then. He was only bantering but I wondered was he being a little bit serious here."
“However, Roy’s been brilliant for me and we now got on great. Every time I’m around the squad, he’s flooded me with confidence and he’s one of the main reasons for my success. So I thank Roy for all his help."
“Roy and the manager have showed that they really believe in me. My confidence is sky-high at the moment and I just hope to get my first start in the Premier League soon.”
The 19-year-old is expected to have a breakthrough season this year at Villa and the supporters have really taken to the tricky winger who has came through the academy at the club.
He made his third appearance of the season in a 2-1 win against Hull City before the international break and impressed on the pitch, despite some strong-hand tactics from the Tigers to try a negate his threat.
Grealish is a skilful opponent, who shows a real willingness to run at defenders and his talent came to the fore last season when he was on loan at Notts County.
During his time at the League One side he became one of the most watchable players outside the Premier League and he is now trying to prove his talent at the top level.
Grealish is yet to make his first start for the club, but there is an expectation that it won't be too long before it occurs and the Republic of Ireland youth international will be hoping that it is sooner rather than later.
If Lambert is feeling brave then he could play this weekend against Liverpool, although it would be a big risk to throw someone so untested in against one of the title favourites.
Villa are still unbeaten this season and they will be hoping to build, despite having a tough run of fixtures of come.