Sherwood explains why opposition sides 'kick lumps' out of Jack Grealish

Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood has suggested Jack Grealish is attacked in terms of physical tactics by other sides.

Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood told talkSPORT what makes Jack Grealish such a good player, as well as expressing a concern over the youngster.

Grealish was arguably the best player on the pitch as Aston Villa defeated Liverpool in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley last weekend, with Sherwood wary of the way he’s being targeted by other sides.

“When some kids come and play with the first team sometimes, they’re a bit overawed, but Jack’s not,” said Sherwood.

“He receives the ball and dribbles it around people. They kick lumps out of him because he’s so confident.”

One of the main tactics a team will use if they can’t contain or deal with a player conventionally is to attack them physically and look to bully them off the ball.

There are ways that Sherwood can work closely with the 19-year-old to ensure that he’s better suited to dealing with physical aggression next season.

The club can work hard on improving his core strength and that will come with the hours spent in the gym, bulking him up.

Sherwood also just has to trust Grealish to be quick enough to dodge most physical challenges and he has to trust match officials to take care of his player, when the opposition look to get on top of him.

Hopefully he won’t pick up a serious injury as a result and can progress, continuing to improve at Villa as one of the biggest clubs in the Premier League.

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