No loan move for Aston Villa's Jack Grealish, insists Tim Sherwood

Jack Grealish

The new boss has declared that the club's star prospect "could be our hero".

Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood has told the Birmingham Mail that the club’s teenage sensation Jack Grealish won’t be loaned out to the Championship during the final months of the season.

Grealish, 19, has been hailed as one of the Premier League’s most exciting prospects since making his first-team breakthrough at the start of the season, earning rave reviews from four top-flight cameos and one League Cup start, before penning a new long-term deal in October to thwart interest from Chelsea and Manchester United, per the Daily Mail.

He appeared set for a significant role in the now-departed Paul Lambert’s side at the time, but the following months saw the promising winger restricted to just 114 minutes of league action, and a loan move mooted as a result.

The Birmingham Mail reported interest from Brentford, Ipswich Town, Nottingham Forest and Wolverhampton Wanderers last month but, with Sherwood since taking over, it looks like the Solihull-native is going nowhere.

“Why would you loan him?” he said. “I would only loan players if I thought it was best for their development.

“If they’ve got a part to play I keep them here just in case. He could be the hero.”

Sherwood remains well-regarded for his work as Tottenham Hotspur’s development coach between 2008 and 2013, prior to replacing Andre Villas-Boas at the helm, and his appointment at Villa has led to excitement about the effect he could have on the club’s emerging talent such as Grealish.

The Republic of Ireland Under-21 international failed to make the bench for Sherwood’s first game in charge last weekend, with the team suffering a 2-1 home defeat to Stoke, but his new boss insists he has no qualms about throwing his star prospect in at the deep end amid their fight to avoid the drop.

“I don’t think Jack Grealish will be anxious about playing in front of the home fans,” the former England midfielder added. “They sing his name now as it is. They reminded me of his name!”

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