Tim Sherwood backing Jack Grealish to help Aston Villa in the goalscoring department

Jack Grealish

The teenage midfielder has so far failed to score in 25 appearances for the claret and blues.

Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood has backed Jack Grealish to get goals for his side this season after failing to open his claret and blue account during the 2014-15 campaign.

Sherwood was speaking to AVTV after watching the fit-again Grealish last the full 90 minutes in Monday night’s Under-21 match against Derby County, when the 19-year-old sealed his side a 1-0 win with a well-taken first-half finish.

The promising midfielder has missed the first two Premier League fixtures of the campaign after injuring his hamstring at the start of Villa’s pre-season training camp in Portugal but, after proving his fitness, he could now play some part in Saturday’s game at Crystal Palace.

After bursting onto the top-flight scene during last term’s run-in, fans and the media alike are expecting the Solihull-native to make another big step forward this season, but Sherwood stresses that there are still some obvious areas of his game that he needs to work on at this point in his development.

Finishing is one of those, having failed to score in 25 senior appearances for the club so far, with Manchester United legend Paul Scholes among the pundits who have called for the teenage attacker to become more selfish in front of goal.

Sherwood is adamant that the floodgates will open in due time, though, telling AVTV: “He scored last night, which is a good start. I think Jack is always looking for the perfect finish and most goals are quite scruffy, as you saw the other night with Adnan Januzaj’s [in Manchester United’s 1-0 win at Villa Park].

“Sometimes you’ve just got to buy a ticket and you get lucky. Jack needs to add that to his game and I think he will.

“He came onto the scene last year but he’s still got a lot to do. He’s only very young in his development but we’re sure he’s going to be a top player.

“He showed us at the back end of last season that he’s got a real talent and he’s something that we missed in the early games.”

 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

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.

The homegrown product was also a prolific scorer for both Villa’s Under-18s and reserves but he has so far taken on more of a creative role in the first-team, operating as a No. 10 since being handed his full Premier League debut in April’s 3-3 draw with Queens Park Rangers.

There were definitely times last season when he appeared to take the easy option in the final third rather than go for goal himself but, with all the skills at his disposal and time on his side, there is no reason to think he cannot change that going forward,

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