93% pass-accuracy, seven duels won: Aston Villa's Jack Grealish impresses again

The teenage attacker made his second consecutive start in Villa's 1-0 win at Tottenham Hotspur.

In-form Christian Benteke’s first-half header was enough to seal Aston Villa a 1-0 win in Saturday’s Premier League clash at Tottenham Hotspur, as 19-year-old Jack Grealish earned his second consecutive start for the club.

The Belgian powered in Leandro Bacuna’s cross in the 35th-minute to give Tim Sherwood’s side all three points against his former team and send them six points clear of the relegation zone with five matches remaining.

Having been handed his full league debut for the 3-3 home draw with Queens Park Rangers, Grealish’s performance earlier in the week was enough for him to keep his place for the trip to White Hart Lane, where he put in another impressive showing.

Starting at the tip of a midfield diamond behind forward duo Benteke and Gabriel Agbonlahor, the teenage attacker repaid Sherwood’s faith in him throughout the opening 45 minutes, causing constant problems for the Spurs defence with his passing and movement.

While he would tire in the second-half before coming off for Andreas Weimann, as the Villa boss looked to shore things up, there remained numerous positives to take from the former trainee’s 63-minute outing, including a 93 per cent pass completion rate, seven won duels and three of three dribbles completed.

  Total ShotsShots OntargetTotal PassesPassing AccuracyTotal CrossesAccurate CrossesDuels WonDuel SuccessTotal DribblesSuccessful DribblesDispossessedMins Played
Jack Grealish 1 0 14 93% 3 2 7 70% 3 3 2 63

His performance perhaps wasn't quite as influential as his last showing but, against superior opposition in Spurs, that's to be expected, while the fact he was also dispossessed just two times compared to the six against QPR was another big plus point.

Villa now take a brief break from their survival bid to face Liverpool in next weekend's FA Cup semi-final, when it will be interesting to see if Grealish gets the nod for a third straight match at Wembley Stadium.

The Birmingham-native has been there twice before as a fan back in 2010, when Martin O'Neill's men suffered a League Cup final defeat to Manchester United and an FA Cup semi-final loss to Chelsea, but is hoping that he'll be able to inspire a different result from the pitch this time around.

"It would be brilliant to stay in the team for Wembley," he told the Daily Star earlier this week. "I went twice to Wembley as a fan, for the United and Chelsea games. Unfortunately we didn't win either of them, but hopefully this time we can go and get a result."

Based on his latest performance, Villa's star prospect should get a prime chance to help his childhood club do just that.

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