Lambert reportedly fines Aston Villa youngster Grealish over controversial tweet

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has reportedly fined youngster Jack Grealish over a message he posted on Twitter.

After a controversial tweet about his lack of playing time at Aston Villa, winger Jack Grealish has reportedly been fined by manager Paul Lambert.

Lambert spoke to the press on Friday ahead of his side's FA Cup tie against Bournemouth this weekend, and, as reported by the Daily Mail, he confirmed he was far from happy with the youngster.

"I think he should stay off tweeting, that’s what I think," said Lambert. "I wasn’t happy. I told him to concentrate on football. I don’t think anybody needs to know he’s boiling an egg, you know."

Grealish, 19, spend last season on loan at Notts County, and after five goals in 37 games in League One, he was expected to play a much bigger part in the Villa side this season.

Yet, despite reported interest from Chelsea and Manchester City at the start of the season, Grealish has played just 211 minutes of action in the Premier League, with no starts to his name.

Grealish may have signed a new contract to stay at Villa Park back in October, but matters seem to be turning sour with manager Lambert, who confirmed that he hadn't heard of any enquiries about the Republic of Ireland Under-21 international amid reports that he may be loaned out.

"Personally nobody’s asked me for Jack (on loan)," said Lambert.

Villa have scored just 11 goals in 22 Premier League games this season, and it's a shock that Lambert hasn't used Grealish more often given that he could be the player to bring a spark to the attack - and now, that possibility seems even less likely after this latest episode.

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