PHOTO: Jack Grealish as a child with former Aston Villa star Paul Merson

Jack Grealish has revealed a picture taken when he was a child with a former Aston Villa player.

Aston Villa player Jack Grealish has tweeted a photograph taken of him as a child, along with former Aston Villa star Paul Merson.

Grealish would have not known back then that one day he would be running out at Villa Park just as Merson did with such regularity, but the picture is a snapshot of a time long before the teenager was hailed as one of Villa's brightest prospects.

The 19-year-old has made six appearances for Paul Lambert's first-team and has recently put pen to paper on a new four-year contract that ties him to the club until 2018.  Huge things are expected of him and he now has the chance to emulate the player he once posed proudly next to.

Merson made over 100 appearances for Villa and if Grealish follows the path many are expecting there is no reason he cannot exceed that and become a vital part of this side for the next decade.

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