He said: “Tim and [Jack] Grealish are very similar in my mind, in regards to they both have been elevated very quickly. Tim needs time to learn his trade, but the media have elevated him, suggesting he’s the next wonder thing, and next thing, the headlines are saying he’s not the manager we thought he was. It’s the same with Grealish as well. Give them time to develop and learn their trade before elevating them.”
Grealish is certainly a player to have been praised heavily in the media since breaking onto the scene as a young and exciting attacker.
He has shown all the talent to suggest he can become a truly great Premier League star, but right now, he is too inconsistent to be considered as anything more than potential.
This expectation appears to have affected the youngster, and Grealish’s performances this season have dropped off in relation to what he was showing last term.
This is the same as Sherwood, who has failed to have an impact at Villa Park this season after leading the Midlands side to Premier League safety and the FA Cup Final just months ago.
He has not been praised as much as Grealish, and there have always been doubts about Sherwood’s true management abilities, but he was lauded as Villa’s saviour last season.
Pearce believes both player and manager are suffering from this expectation placed on their heads to live up to a high reputation, and the former England international has urged fans to give them both time to learn and grow into their roles at Villa Park.