Murphy suggested that the club’s current manager Tim Sherwood deserves a pat on the back for fielding the teenager in such a big game, where he excelled with a performance which was far more mature than his teenage years would suggest.
“I can’t emphasise how good his performance was in a big game like that for a teenager – He looks like he could be a real superstar,” said Murphy.
“He’s got that lovely ability of gliding past people comfortably with the ball – He was as calm as anybody, you have to congratulate Tim for having the courage to put him in.”
Grealish’s confidence will be sky high at the moment and Sherwood faces another challenge in keeping him grounded and focused on the club’s aim, which is staying in the Premier League.
His stock will rise with every positive performance he produces for Villa and Sherwood also needs to step in and protect him from criticism on the occasions where he doesn’t live up to the impressive standards he’s setting for himself.
With the right coaching, he can form part of a spine running through the heart of Aston Villa’s team, but it’s important not to get too carried away with his initial impact because he will face challenges he’s yet to experience as a Villa player.
Sherwood showed with Tottenham and he’s shown with Villa, that he’s a good judge of when to let a youngster off the leash and he should be able to manage Grealish’s impact and career without any problems.