The former loanee combined with his fellow midfielder during the Premier League run-in to help save the club from the drop.
Grealish failed to break into the since-departed Paul Lambert’s line-up over the first half of last season, despite impressing in fleeting cameos, but managed to flourish under new boss Tim Sherwood’s stewardship during the final stages of the campaign.
After being handed his full Premier League debut in April’s 3-3 home draw with QPR, the teenage attacker would go on to make nine consecutive starts and earn rave reviews for his role in helping his childhood club retain their top-flight status.
Big things are now expected of the Solihull-native going forward and, while his disappearing act in the 4-0 FA Cup final defeat to Arsenal was a reminder that he is still far from the complete package, Cleverley is adamant that Villa have a special talent on their hands.
“I think he’s going to be more than a decent player,” said Cleverley. “He’s a breath of fresh air to play alongside with his enthusiasm, fearlessness and quality he’s got.
“When a football club produced one of their one like that it’s special for everyone. Villa can be very proud.
“It’s hard to believe when he plays with the confidence and maturity that he does that he’s just 19.”
Nevertheless, despite Sherwood stressing his desire to secure Cleverley’s services to a permanent deal this summer ahead of his Manchester United deal expiring, it does not look like the soon-to-be free agent will be lining up alongside Grealish again next season.
After scoring three goals in 38 appearances for Villa, the former loanee is now reported to be undergoing a medical at Everton and understood to have agreed a deal to join the club on a five-year contract [h/t Sky Sports].