62 touches, 7 recoveries: Aston Villa star Jack Grealish awesome in vital victory

Jack Grealish

Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish was excellent during his side’s 1-0 win over West Ham United.

Aston Villa winger Jack Grealish further underlined his rise to prominence with another stylish performance during his side’s crucial 1-0 victory over West Ham United.

The 19-year-old star has won the faith of new boss Tim Sherwood, becoming an important member of the first-team squad as Villa look to beat the drop and preserve their Premier League status.

In only his fifth Premier League start of the campaign, the Irish youngster was a constant threat down Villa’s left side and was substituted in the final minute to a standing ovation from the Villa Park faithful.

  AssistsShotsKey PassesWas FouledTouchesPass Success %InterceptionsBall RecoveriesMins Played
Jack Grealish 1 1 2 5 62 92.9% 2 7 89

As per the table provided by Opta Stats, Grealish showed no signs of nerves as he contributed to the hosts’ cause at both ends of the pitch.

From an attacking perspective, he didn’t allow the Hammers a moment's rest as his high-pressure style and neat football earned his side a number of dangerous set-piece situations.

Moreover, Grealish wrapped up an impressive 92.9% pass success rate – the best on the pitch – and recorded two key passes, one of which proved to be the telling assist for Tom Cleverley’s goal.

Aside from his attacking intentions, the Villa ace is also a willing runner and one of the most pleasing aspects of his display was his defensive contribution, posting an impressive seven ball recoveries.

Alongside the likes of Tom Cleverley, Ashley Westwood and Fabian Delph, Grealish makes up a youthful looking midfield and one which has massive potential to succeed.

The victory has all but assured the Villans of Premier League survival this season, and now Grealish and Co. can begin to have one eye on the upcoming FA Cup final encounter with Arsenal.

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