Collymore: I think Jack Grealish can become this sort of player

Former Aston Villa forward Stan Collymore has suggested what he feels is the current top level for Jack Grealish.

Former Aston Villa striker Stan Collymore told talkSPORT that he thinks Jack Grealish is capable of playing European football at club level.

Collymore has no doubt that the Aston Villa youngster has got something special in his locker, but feels he’s yet to take a significant step up in terms of playing elite European football.

“I think he can be a top quality player who plays European football, I draw the line at the Champions League because I haven’t seen that from him yet but I do believe that he’s definitely got something,” he said.

Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood showed no signs of fear last season, in terms of throwing Grealish into his first team and making him a key component in the middle of the side.

One of the only ways that a youngster like Grealish can get better is by performing frequently at a very high level.

He looks well suited to Premier League football but the European stage creates an entirely different level of pressure and difficulty, which can be very difficult for any younger player to deal with.

It’s too early to realistically predict the sort of season and league finish that Villa should be aiming for next season and at the moment, there is no reason for Grealish to target being a Champions League level player.

Sherwood can be trusted to use a common sense approach over the way he develops Grealish and uses him next season and the immediate focus and priority for the player will be the Premier League.

Should he gets the chance to play some European football with Villa in the future, fans can be sure that he would have played a big role in getting the club to that level.

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