Grealish played a key part as Villa secured their place in the FA Cup final after beating Liverpool last weekend and their former player suggests if they get things right, Tim Sherwood could benefit from a constant supply of young talent at Villa Park.
“What people need to realise is that he’s (Grealish) a role model for the younger players – He’s someone for other young players to aspire to – If they can get it right, Aston Villa could produce six or seven top young players – Long may it continue,” said Mortimer.
Credit to Sherwood for throwing Grealish into the mix and for giving him the chance to develop and gain experience at a very difficult time in the season for the club.
Villa are not out of danger just yet in the Premier League, with all players performing under intense pressure. Grealish’s popularity with supporters is only going to increase as he plays well, with Villa scrapping away near the bottom of the table.
The main benefit of having a youth system, which churns out talent can be seen at Sherwood’s former club Tottenham where so many academy products have now become important components in the first team.
If Sherwood gets it right at Villa then he can create a sustainable core and spine of players running throughout the side, which means the club won’t have to rely on transfer market investment and will also be able to retain the club’s identity.