Former Aston Villa striker Stan Collymore makes bold Jack Grealish statement

Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish has opted to choose England over the Republic of Ireland.

Stan Collymore has expressed his delight at Jack Grealish’s decision to represent England and feels the Aston Villa midfielder has plenty to offer Roy Hodgson’s side, telling Boyle Sports.

The 20-year-old midfielder was previously tipped to represent the Republic of Ireland, yet after careful consideration he has opted to play for the Three Lions should he be given the chance.

On hearing the news, Collymore wrote for Boyle Sports that the Villa ace offers something unique and tips him to out power fellow England stars Raheem Sterling, Theo Walcott and Jack Wilshere.

“As an Englishman I’m more than happy that our Jack has plumped for the Three Lions. He’s got ability for fun, is something very different from what we have in England across the attacking midfield line, and with the right guidance, could be incredibly influential in years to come,” Collymore wrote.

“He drifts almost Waddle like with the ball, has a few years left of physical growth which will see him out power the likes of Sterling, Walcott and Wilshere, has an eye for goal and a beautiful slide rule pass in his locker.”

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Like with many current Premier League stars, Grealish’s biggest challenge will be to nail down a regular starting spot but importantly in his favoured position in order to really develop.

Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood knows all about his qualities, yet question marks remain as to whether the former Ireland U21 international is better out wide or through the middle.

Grealish has often been praised for his ability to ghost past his opponents, yet up against more compact units and better defensive shapes, such a skillset becomes far more difficult to execute.

The talented star has featured just four times in the Premier League this season, though his efforts so far have been unrewarding as Villa slide down the table following four successive league defeats.

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