Sherwood gives advice to controversial Jack Grealish, admits meeting over conduct

Jack Grealish

Tim Sherwood says Aston Villa teenager Jack Grealish must 'knuckle down'.

Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood has told the Daily Mail that playmaker Jack Grealish needs to get himself back in the good books this summer.

Grealish, 19, joined Villa at the age of six, and having come up through the ranks with his boyhood club, he is now starring in the first team.

The Republic of Ireland Under-21 international started regularly towards the end of last season under Sherwood, and impressed with a number of superb displays.

However, Grealish has recently become embroiled in off-field controversy, with images emerging of the midfielder's off-field conduct whilst away on holiday, as reported by the Daily Mail.

That has made many question Grealish's attitude towards playing at the highest level - prompting manager Sherwood to address those concerns.

The Villa boss has told the Daily Mail that he has indeed had a meeting with Grealish over his conduct, and gave the midfielder advice having seen a number of players throw their careers away.

"I’ve had a word with him, he knows it’s got to stop. He’s got to knuckle down," said Sherwood. "I can highlight top players who I’ve worked with previously as young boys and talk about their attitudes and ability. At the moment Jack has got a lot of ability, he’s still only young – seven Premier League starts – unless the attitude comes up to anywhere near marrying in, he could be one of those statistics where he goes out of the game. Loads have previously. He’s got to make sure he’s not one of them."

"It is as simple as making sacrifices. We all did it. You can’t live a normal life like everybody unfortunately. You’re in the public eye. You’re an example. There needs to be a level of self-discipline, he knows what’s right and what’s wrong. I’m not ready to write him off! He’s just got to get back in the good books," he added.

How important will Grealish be for Villa next season?

Grealish played a huge part as Villa performed a great escape last season, edging away from relegation thanks to Grealish's virtuoso displays behind Christian Benteke.

Ahead of the new Premier League season, Grealish had been tipped to continue those performances under Sherwood, who is known for his work developing young players and given them regular chances in the first team.

The off-field issues will be a concern for Sherwood, but if Grealish can work hard during pre-season and prove himself to Sherwood, then there is no reason why Grealish can't continue to be a star in the making for Villa.

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