Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood has suggested to The Sun that he could include Jack Grealish in the starting line-up against Liverpool at the weekend.
The Villans will take on Premier League rivals Liverpool in the semi-finals of the FA Cup at London’s Wembley Stadium on Sunday.
Midfielder Grealish started Villa’s league match against Tottenham Hotspur away from home on Saturday, and Sherwood has stated that the 19-year-old could feature from the start against the Reds.
“I do not think Jack will be fazed,” the Englishman told The Sun. “If I thought it would be a gamble, I wouldn’t play him. But he has real ability.
“He’s got a big future. It was only his second start at Spurs on Saturday and he’s done nothing wrong. Jack will not let us down.”
Grealish played an important role in Villa’s 1-0 win against Tottenham at White Hart Lane in North London on Saturday, taking one shot, putting in three crosses, and attempting three dribbles.
The 19-year-old midfielder also had a pass accuracy of 93%, and made one interception and two blocks.
The youngster is a bright prospect and has made 12 Premier League appearances for Villa so far this season, creating seven chances in the process.
Grealish seems to have grasped Sherwood’s playing style, and it should not come as a surprise if he starts against Liverpool.
While some would suggest that the youngster could be nervous playing at Wembley, others will point out that the it will only make the Villa midfielder more determined to do his best against Liverpool.