'He's fearless': Parlour suggests Grealish is Villa's key man for the FA Cup final

Former Gunner Ray Parlour has suggested Jack Grealish could be the main man for Aston Villa in the FA Cup final.

Former Arsenal player Ray Parlour told talkSPORT that he’s backing youngster Jack Grealish to be the key man for Aston Villa in the FA Cup final against his old side this weekend.

It would be a major surprise if Grealish doesn’t start the game having established himself as part of Tim Sherwood’s midfield with some impressive performances in a difficult situation for his club side.

Fortunately for Grealish and Villa, the club managed to stay in the Premier League and now have the showpiece final at Wembley which they can go all out to try and win.

“I look at Jack Grealish and what an opportunity for him. He’ll go out there and the thing as a young lad is that he’s fearless – It can go two ways for a youngster. You can get nervous or you can just go out there and get on with it,” he said.

Grealish certainly doesn’t have the makings of a player who gets easily intimidated by the big occasion.

His performance in the semi-final against Liverpool, at Wembley, showed that he’s more than capable of producing a big performance in a single high pressure match and he won’t be bothered by the quality Arsenal have across their team.

Sherwood won’t be bothered about trying to use Grealish as a player to break down Arsenal and he will be more focused on how the Gunners are going to try and stop his talented youngster.

Villa just need to play sensible football and get him on the ball as quickly as possible. If they can do that and protect him well, he should be able to leave his mark on the game.

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