Aston Villa's Jack Grealish notes what he needs to improve on next season

Jack Grealish

Villa's teenage sensation earned rave reviews during last season's first-team breakthrough but goalscoring is one area where he has so far been lacking.

After failing to open his account for Aston Villa during his breakthrough season, Jack Grealish has told AVTV that he is out to add more goals to his game.

Grealish, 19, emerged as one of the Premier League’s most exciting talents under Tim Sherwood’s guidance during last term’s run-in, having been handed his full top-flight debut in April’s 3-3 home draw with Queens Park Rangers.

Going on to start all eight remaining games, the teenage midfielder earned rave reviews for his role in helping the club both avoid the drop and make the FA Cup final, and put up some outstanding passing and dribbling statistics in the process.

 2014-15 Premier League PositionTeamGoalsTotal ShotsShooting AccuracyAssistsTotal Key PassesTotal DribblesDribble AccuracyPassing AccuracyAppearancesMins Played
Jack Grealish MF Aston Villa 0 13 38% 1 18 29 74.19% 93% 17 815

He also picked up three assists in all competitions but, 25 games into his Villa career, is still to find the back of the net.

Teammate Joe Cole, who has been mentoring him since his arrival last summer, declared in May that the Solihull-native has the potential to become a 10-goal-a-season player if he starts to take more chances and now Grealish is looking to take heed of his advice.

“I’m hoping for a few more goals,” he told AVTV ahead of the start of Villa’s pre-season training camp in Portugal. “Last season I didn’t score, so personally I would like to get a few.

“But, at the same time, it’s all about the team and if I’m in the starting XI on the first day of the season then hopefully we can get off to a flying start.

“Like everyone knows, Tim [Sherwood] gave me my first Premier League start, which I’m so grateful for and I can’t thank him enough.

“Hopefully now I can build on last season, when I tried to repay him as much as I could.”

Grealish certainly has at least a few goals in him, as he proved while on loan at Notts County during the 2013-14 season, when he netted five times in 39 games from the wing in his first taste of senior action.

In addition, the Republic of Ireland Under-21 international was a prolific scorer with Villa’s Under-18 and reserve sides but he has so far taken on a more creative role in the first-team.

The argument that he is perhaps too unselfish when in the final third is a valid one at this point but, with all the tools in his locker and time on his side, that could well change in the future.

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