Aston Villa captain Ron Vlaar is excited about teammate Jack Grealish’s potential and believes the teenage winger has a fantastic future ahead of him.
Aged 19, Grealish has been hailed as one of the Premier League’s most exciting prospects after making his first-team breakthrough this season, earning encouraging reviews from four brief top-flight outings and one Capital One Cup start thus far.
His undoubted promise saw Villa move to tie him down to a new deal last week which will keep at his childhood club until 2018, thwarting reported interest from the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United in the process.
Vlaar recognises the Birmingham-native’s status as one of the team’s building blocks for the future moving forward and, though he stresses that he is far from the finished article at this stage, believes it won't be long before he is starring in a regular role in the Premier League.
‘Jack is great,’ he told the club’s official website. ‘He's very talented but obviously he's not there yet - he knows that and he realises that.
‘It's great for him to get in and around the first team. I'm sure he's enjoying that experience.
‘For him, it's about getting used to the speed of the Barclays Premier League and what's required at that top level.
‘If he keeps working hard and progressing, he will be a great player.’
Grealish has in fact been linked with a loan move to Nottingham Forest over the past week, having enjoyed considerable success during a spell at League One side Notts County last season, but managed Paul Lambert is understood to be keen on keeping him around Villa Park.