Redknapp lambasts Villa star Jack Grealish for conduct this summer

Jack Grealish

The former Spurs boss is not impressed with many young footballers' behaviour nowadays.

Harry Redknapp has been discussing one of the problems he sees with young British footballers in an interview with the Independent, name checking Aston Villa youngster Jack Grealish as someone that is not taking care of his potential as a professional footballer.

The 19-year-old has been pictured on social media in Magaluf in various states of inebriation, and for the former Tottenham and West Ham boss, it is hard to fathom.

“Why do they have to go out and act like idiots, get drunk, falling over?" he said in the Independent. "They’re professional footballers.

“Jack Grealish, he’s had an excellent year, an excellent second half of the season, plays in the Cup Final and then goes and does that."

And Redknapp pondered why it is English footballers that are the ones who are getting caught doing things deemed harmful to their career.

“Why do these English players have to go and get silly drunk, and lay in the street and fall over? It’s alright for his mate who’s doing it, who’s cleaning windows, if that’s the way he wants to live," he added.

"But footballers, the amount of money they get, they get that money to be dedicated to their profession, to make sure that they set a good example to young kids who want to be footballers.

"I’ve got no time for players acting stupid and getting drunk, I can’t have it. That stuff has every right to be in the newspapers. Young kids looking up at him, an up and coming footballer and then they see that. I can’t have it.”

Though Redknapp may be accused of being a little old fashioned, or out of touch with what it means to be a young player in today's game, some might argue that it is difficult to blame these teenagers too much, considering the amount of money and fame they have access to when they approach even a modicum of success.

At the forefront of debates about Grealish and Sterling's alleged irresponsibilities is a desire for young players not to be seduced by fame before they've really earned it.

The attacking midfielder played 24 times for Villa this season, and caught the eye with his confident play and wonderful dribbling skills.

But it is likely Redknapp's former coach Tim Sherwood will be having a word with him on his return to the club, with Grealish now gathering plenty of questionable press coverage that is likely to mean the elder statesmen of football, like Redknapp, will continue to have concern for his future in the game

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