Speaking to the Daily Mail, Jack Grealish outlined his aims for next season with Aston Villa, having enjoyed something of a breakthrough campaign in 2014/15.
The youngster said: “I’m just hoping for an improvement on the end of last year really. Towards the end of last season I ended it quite well; I broke into the first-team and played quite a lot of games, which in the middle of the season I wasn’t really expecting to do. But I ended well, and am hoping to improve this coming season.”
Grealish, 19, made 24 appearances in all competitions last term, truly coming to the fore following the appointment of Tim Sherwood as head coach.
He started to establish himself in the Villa first-team, and his brand of classic attacking play earned him the reputation as one of the best young players currently in the Premier League. The winger started Villa’s FA Cup Final loss to Arsenal, and is expected to continue his impressive rise next term.
He is playing under a coach who will allow him creative freedom to go out and attack, and this will certain aid his development from prodigal talent to top level attacker.
Obviously there are the issues which have been clouding his private life, and which could prevent his development on the pitch, but he has all the talent to go all the way to the top.
Last season, Grealish registered one assist and played 1.1 key passes per game. He also completed 1.4 dribbles, and averaged 20.2 passes every time he took to the field. Incredibly, for a young attacking player, his pass completion rate was 92.7% - a figure more often associated with deep-lying midfielders or defenders who play it safe.
Grealish wants to establish himself in the first-team next season, and after his impressive end to 2014/15, it should not be too long before he is a key player at Villa Park.