Recently returned Aston Villa talent Gary Gardner with high praise for Jack Grealish

The midfielder has been out on loan at Nottingham Forest this season.

Aston Villa improved their hopes of Premier League survival once again today, with a 1-0 win against West Ham at Villa Park.

The Villans have turned things around since Paul Lambert was replaced by Tim Sherwood, who seems to have galvanised the Villa team.

He has made some changes to the first-team picture, which have also proved a massive benefit to the club.

One such change is the integration of Jack Grealish to the first-team on a far more regular basis.

He has been in fantastic form since starting to see more competitive minutes.

The Republic of Ireland youth international has become a fan favourite at the club in a short space of time and today he was in perhaps his best form since breaking into the senior set-up.

He gave West Ham the runaround for most of today's fixture at Villa Park. He also bagged an assist. His mazy run left him in the box, where he cut back for Tom Cleverley to score his third goal in as many games.

It was a performance that received a reaction from a fellow Villa youngster.

Gary Gardner has recently returned to the club from a loan spell at Nottingham Forest, but it is looking increasingly likely that he will get a chance at Villa next season. Thanks to the performances of Grealish and co, it looks like that will be in the Premier League.

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