Ex-Tottenham Hotspur forward Garth Crooks raves about Jack Grealish

Jack Grealish

Jack Grealish’s performance for Aston Villa against Liverpool in the FA Cup on Sunday impressed former Tottenham Hotspur forward Garth Crooks.

Former Tottenham Hotspur forward Garth Crooks has been singing the praises of Aston Villa attacker Jack Grealish on BBC Sport.

Grealish is enjoying a good season with Villa and was a key figure in their victory over Liverpool in the semi-finals of the FA Cup at London’s Wembley Stadium on Sunday.

Crooks was impressed with what he saw of the 19-year-old Republic of Ireland Under-21 international in the Villans’ 2-1 win and included him in his ‘Team of the Week’ for BBC Sport.

Explaining his decision, the 57-year-old wrote: “I thought the 19-year-old Brummie was sensational against Liverpool at Wembley and Villa seemed to cope with the occasion far better than the Merseysiders, many of whom had far more experience.

“If Villa can beat Arsenal in the final, young Jack could emulate his great, great, grandfather and lift the FA Cup 110 years later. Who said the magic of the FA Cup has gone?”

Grealish was truly brilliant during the 84 minutes he was on the pitch at Wembley, his composure on the ball and quick feet a marvel to behold.

The teenager has burst into life under manager Tim Sherwood and seems to have made himself a regular starter for the time being.

In 12 Premier League appearances so far this season, Grealish has created seven chances, has a pass accuracy of 90% and a shot accuracy of 83%.

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