Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood has explained the advice he has for a key midfielder in his team.
Sherwood has admitted that he feels Grealish is targeted physically because of his quality, even in the club’s own training sessions.
However, the boss doesn’t want to see him changing the way he plays in any game.
“I have never seen someone get kicked so much in training. He's getting a lot of practice - My advice is 'continue what you're doing.' He's doing something right isn't he. He don't roll around on the floor. He gets up,” said the boss.
It will be in the back of Sherwood’s mind how he can protect the midfielder before he picks up a problem because of the way opponents look to brush him off of the ball.
He can use experience in the middle of the team or he could look to bring in some tough midfield reinforcements in the transfer market, designed to give a little bit of presence next to him.
The fact opponents and teammates are targeting him is a tribute to how well he has been performing on the training pitch and in competitive games.
Sherwood will always stress the benefits of what a particular player is doing and in this case, there is no value or sense in getting him to change up his style or to try something new in a big game.
As long as he’s controlling matches and creating chances, Sherwood seems happy to run the risk when it comes to the amount of kicks he’s taking and hopefully that won’t backfire.