Ray Wilkins suggests pre-season will be important for Aston Villa's Jack Grealish

Former England midfielder Ray Wilkins doesn't harbour long term doubts over Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish.

Former England midfielder and Chelsea assistant Ray Wilkins explained that he’s not worried about Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish, when he appeared as a guest on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast Show.

Grealish was pictured (as covered by the Daily Mirror) drunk on holiday, but Wilkins suggested that there won’t be any serious worries for Villa boss Tim Sherwood.

“I’m sure once the nitty-gritty starts, he’ll knuckle down over pre-season and will turn into the player that we all expect,” he said.

What should Sherwood say to Grealish?

It’s pointless for Sherwood to be overly harsh with Grealish because he’s a young man who was simply having a good time on holiday.

Sherwood will likely remind Grealish of his responsibilities, slapping him on the wrists before the club decides to take any action over the incident.

Sherwood needs to get the message across that no one is bigger than Aston Villa, but he can’t do it in a way which has a negative impact on the player’s confidence.

What’s the best approach for Grealish moving forward?

He needs to just be up front about the pictures from earlier this week and then move on.

He’s become a very important player for Aston Villa and needs to get himself motivated on improving once the Premier League action returns in August.

If he can prove that he’s fit and firing when everyone gets back together for pre-season then he has a good chance of starting in the club’s first competitive game of the new campaign.

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