Tim Sherwood backing Jack Grealish to build on first Aston Villa goal

The 20-year-old playmaker scored his first senior goal for the club in Sunday's 3-2 defeat at Leicester City.

Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood has told AVTV of his delight at seeing Jack Grealish score the first of hopefully many goals for the club in Sunday’s 3-2 defeat at Leicester City.

After missing a tremendous chance in the 24th-minute at King Power Stadium, Grealish made amends 15 minutes later with a fine right-footed finish from the edge of the area to put Villa 1-0 up.

It took the 20-year-old playmaker 28 games before he finally opened his claret and blue account but, having previously demonstrated a nose for goal while out on loan at Notts County and with the club's Under-21s, Sherwood believes that the floodgates will now open.

“We know what a good player Jack is and that he had an end product to his game,” said the Villa boss. “Certainly, when you put the ball into the back of the net there’s nothing better than that

“He will start creating chances as well, which is something he’s done in the past, so if he can marry the two together then he’ll be a top, top player.”

 Vs Leicester GoalsTotal ShotsShots OntargetKey PassesTotal PassesPassing AccuracyTotal DribblesSuccessful DribblesMins Played
Jack Grealish 1 3 2 1 30 63% 7 3 90

After Grealish’s first-half opener, Villa went 2-0 up against Leicester in the 63rd-minute thanks to another wonder strike from fellow midfielder Carles Gil, before a dramatic collapse saw them concede three goals in the final 18 minutes as the Foxes condemned them to their third Premier League defeat of the season.

They now host Midlands rivals West Bromwich Albion on Saturday afternoon, in a repeat of the fixture that earned Sherwood his first win in charge last March, and the ex-Tottenham Hotspur head coach acknowledges that his side owe the fans a result ahead of another derby matchup against Birmingham City in the third-round of the Capital One Cup three days later.

“Having let the dust settle now, there were a lot of positives to come out of it [the Leicester game] and to score those two goals was one of them,” he added. “We now have to clear our minds, take note of where we made the mistakes and try to learn from it and work from it during the training sessions.

“But really, that’s in the past and we have to move on. We’ve got a lot of big games coming up and we owe it to everyone to perform like we did for 70 minutes against Leicester.”

It would certainly be fitting if homegrown Grealish could add to his goals tally in the coming games to help Villa earn bragging rights over their rivals and, with the team’s strikers all misfiring at the moment, Sherwood might need him to.

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