Former Liverpool, Tottenham and England midfielder Danny Murphy explained on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast Show for talkSPORT, that the close friends of Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish have a responsibility to take some of the pressure away from him.
The Daily Mail was among the sources to include a picture of the Aston Villa youngster earlier this week, pictured with a bottle of vodka shortly after images, which appeared to show him drunk in the street on holiday.
Murphy suggested on talkSPORT that there’s nothing wrong with the player having a good time on holiday, but suggested that there is an issue with the people close to him.
“Is the debate here that people think he’s allowed one drink, four drinks? The fact is he is a young footballer on holiday where you do enjoy yourself and let your hair down, the problem is that because he’s a decent player the spotlight is on him and he’s got to be careful,” he said.
“I think his mates need to help him out and the problem is they’re probably young and naïve as well.”
Should Tim Sherwood be worried?
Tim Sherwood is the sort of manager who won’t be overly concerned by the player’s antics if it doesn’t affect him when he’s playing for Aston Villa.
The problem comes when his performances start to be affected by his actions away from the pitch and at the moment, there’s absolutely nothing to suggest that’s the case.
Where Sherwood can try and have an influence is repeating the concerns of Danny Murphy and urging the player to be wise over who he’s surrounding himself with.
Teammates also have a responsibility
It’s not just down to the manager and Grealish’s friends to try and influence him in a positive way.
There are senior players in the Aston Villa squad who have a responsibility to step forward, attempting to influence what he gets up to away from the pitch.