Speaking to the official Aston Villa website, Tim Sherwood has claimed that Jack Grealish needs to start improving his performance levels after deciding that he intends to play for England at international level.
Sherwood said: “Obviously, hopefully Jack has cleared his mind now. We're looking for some improved performances from him now on the pitch so those international managers are very excited and choose to pick him. He has loads of potential - and that's what it is at the moment. He needs to start fulfilling that potential. He needs to improve every season that goes by. But he has to show it [talent] on a regular basis. Consistency is everything in this game.”
Grealish confirmed he wants to play for England over the Republic of Ireland, with the Three Lions undoubtedly possessing far great international ambitions than their Irish rivals.
The capture of Grealish is obviously a great one for Roy Hodgson, but the youngster has no right to yet be called into the senior team, having yet to show any sort of consistent form at Premier League level.
He is clearly a top class talent, and in flashes, the 20-year-old has shown himself to possess a great potential, but as Sherwood says, it is still only potential.
There is a long way to go before Grealish is a consistent Premier League performer, let alone a player good enough for the England side, and Sherwood wants to see him start to show consistency and general improvement in his performance levels.
Unless he does this, Grealish’s decision will be in vain, as there is little chance he would be selected for the England squad at his current level.
This season, Grealish has made four Premier League appearances, scoring one goal and failing to register an assist. He has attempted 1.8 shots per game and played one key pass per game, whilst his passing accuracy is averaging at 82.2%.