Sherwood: Grealish hasn't changed from the first day I joined Aston Villa

Jack Grealish

Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood has urged caution over the development of talented youngster Jack Grealish.

Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood explained at his press conference ahead of the game against Southampton that Jack Grealish hasn’t changed from the first time he worked with the youngster.

Grealish has quickly become one of the most important components of Aston Villa’s midfield under Sherwood, but the manager has urged caution and has stressed that the youngster still has a long way to go to become a complete player for the club.

“Jack Grealish has done very well. He's very confident, a great guy and a good kid. He wants to improve and that's what I've learnt. He's not changed since the day I walked in here,” said the boss.

“Jack has a way to go. He's getting good assistance from the senior players that we have at the club at the moment. We want to see him evolve. He's on the right track and he can become a very, very important player for Villa.”

Sherwood is a very positive manager and it’s obvious that he will give any player all the time in the world if they are willing to buy into his vision.

He will already have ideas over how Grealish can become a better midfielder, but it’s difficult for him to implement them.

Villa are hunting a win this weekend which will secure their Premier League survival, as well as chasing FA Cup glory, which would be a brilliant achievement for the club.

Sherwood has to resist the urge to fix something which is working well, with plenty of time to come over the summer for the manager to tinker with the youngster’s playing style.

The senior players need to continue offering that important level of protection to him, because he is a target for teams that look to bully him off of the ball. He’s ticking all of the right boxes and right now, he’s effective in a very positive side.

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