Collymore makes a prediction over the future of Jack Grealish

Former Aston Villa forward Stan Collymore has predicted what he feels will happen with regards to Jack Grealish over the next few years.

Former Aston Villa striker Stan Collymore told talkSPORT that young midfielder Jack Grealish is still in the development phase of his career.

Grealish become a key part of Aston Villa’s team under manager Tim Sherwood last season and Collymore has offered a slight prediction over how he sees the youngster’s future panning out, as he continues to grow and develop as a player.

“Jack Grealish has got potential but potential is all it is at the moment – He’s got Villa running through his veins – I think he’ll be planning to stay at Aston Villa for a number of years and then go on to develop,” he said.

Grealish has showcased his raw potential on several occasions already in his short career, but he will have a number of challenges in the future and needs to develop his game to improve his consistency.

He was superb in the FA Cup semi-final against Liverpool last season, but struggled to compete against Arsenal in the final, with the Gunners isolating him professionally.

Sherwood needs to ensure that he’s not too downbeat following that final performance, urging him to focus on what he’s good at, as well as challenging him in terms of his first team place at Villa Park.

Sherwood is a very positive individual and a forward thinking coach, who will likely already be thinking about improving his squad and transforming the side through pre-season.

He’s the sort of coach who will notice a problem with one of his key players quickly and hopefully he can find a way to reinvent Grealish and keep him effective in big games throughout the next campaign.

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