The ex-Manchester United and England midfielder believes the teenager needs to start becoming more selfish if he wants to add goals to his game.
Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has been more than impressed with Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish during his recent emergence but he still wants to see the teenage attacker become more selfish in front of goal.
Scholes was speaking on BT Sport ahead of witnessing Villa suffer a 6-1 thumping in Saturday lunchtime’s clash at Southampton, in which the 19-year-old’s impact was found wanting – despite completing an impressive 97 per cent of his 35 passes.
The Solihull-native has otherwise earned rave reviews during his current run of seven straight starts, however, rewarding manager Tim Sherwood’s faith in him with performances which have belied his tender age and left fans wondering how former boss Paul Lambert could have kept him out of the side during the team's previous dismal run of form.
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Having now established himself in the Villa line-up, big things are expected of the hometown hero moving forward but Scholes stresses that he still has some work to do before he becomes the real deal.
Still to open his claret and blue account, the former England midfielder believes Grealish could be one of the Premier League’s top talents if he just started to take shots for himself and add goals to his game.
“He’s got talent this lad,” said Scholes. “He can beat a man and play killer passes, but the one thing you would like to see him do is add goals to his game.
“He does seem a very unselfish player and I think, at times, when the shot is there I’d like to see him take a risk now and again.
“It’s ok playing your teammates on all the time but at some point you have to influence games yourself and he needs to get goals.”