Hamann: What surprises me about Jack Grealish's development

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Former Liverpool and Germany midfielder Didi Hamann has praised Aston Villa player Jack Grealish.

Former Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann told talkSPORT why he’s been surprised by the impact of Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish.

The talented midfield youngster has shot into the spotlight at the club, following a superbly mature performance in the club’s FA Cup semi-final against Liverpool earlier this season.

Hamann has commented on that performance, while pointing out what he finds remarkable about the way Grealish has developed at the club.

“If you saw him play in the semi-final, it was a joy to watch the kid – He’s only played a handful of games so what he did in that semi-final was outstanding – He was obviously able to play when he was 16 or 17-years old,” said the German.

Credit goes to Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood for having the guts to throw him into situations where he is exposed to the pressure of representing the club.

One of the only ways he’s going to become a more refined player is if he experiences those situations and it seems to be a gamble, which has paid off.

Grealish is a very quick player, who is intelligent as well as tough and he’s got that ability to adapt against different sets of tactics, which may be designed to bully or intimidate him.

Villa have a massive game against Southampton this weekend, which will secure their safety in the Premier League if they can win it.

Grealish is then someone Sherwood can think about basing the side around as he looks to win some silverware in the FA Cup final against Arsenal, where the youngster will be looking to show more experienced Gunners how it’s done in his position.

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