Dublin: Where Jack Grealish is similar to United legend Paul Scholes

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Former Aston Villa midfielder Dion Dublin has painted Jack Grealish in a very positive light.

Former Aston Villa forward Dion Dublin told talkSPORT he feels talented youngster Jack Grealish has elements of Manchester United legend Paul Scholes about his game.

Grealish has been thrust into the spotlight by Villa manager Tim Sherwood and has quickly become one of the most important players to the first team at Villa Park.

Dublin has no doubts over the quality he possesses and suggests that the youngster can excel for the club over the next few seasons.

“He does that Scholes thing of checking over his shoulder to see who’s coming in (into space) – He takes the ball under pressure and we call that brave football – It’s about taking the ball under pressure and he’s happy to gamble on a pass, he’ll pick a pass at the right time and I like him,” he said.

Scholes was a unique, one of kind, type of player and some may feel that any sort of remote comparison involving Grealish is flattering at this stage of his career.

Sherwood certainly won’t be looking to make any comparisons with former greats of the Premier League game, until the youngster has pushed on and achieved something special in the game.

The challenge for the manager and the player looking ahead to next season is how to protect him from aggressive tactics, which are designed to keep him out of games.

The Daily Mirror has previously carried quotes from Sherwood where the Villa boss suggests he’s never seen a player get kicked so much, even in Aston Villa’s own training sessions.

It’s his responsibility to try and get some extra protection in and around the youngster and it’s the responsibility of the player to work hard on the training field and in the gym to improve his core fitness and strength.

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