Jack Grealish needs to work harder, says ex-Aston Villa assistant Ray Wilkins

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The young talent has had an inconsistent start to the season.

Ray Wilkins has called on Aston Villa starlet Jack Grealish to up his work rate if he wants to realise his potential.

The 20-year old has shown flashes of his quality this season – not least with his wonderful strike in the 3-2 defeat to Leicester – but failed to deliver on a regular basis for Tim Sherwood.

His recent controversial decision to represent England at international level has increased the scrutiny on the Villa academy graduate and he will need to start producing if he is to force his way into Roy Hodgson’s plans.

“He reminds me in many ways of a young Trevor Brooking, in that he glides past people – he doesn’t have electrifying pace – but he glides past people and has got good pass and will score goals,” said Wilkins, on the ‘Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast’ show on talkSPORT (aired at 09:50).

“I think Jack can really be what Jack wants to be.

“He has to work harder and show consistency. The level of consistency that needs to be show for top players is immense now but he has the ability to be a very, very good footballer indeed.”

Grealish’s cause hasn’t been helped by the fact that he is part of a Villa team rooted to the foot of the table and currently enduring a six-game losing streak.

The Villains struggled for identity under Sherwood this season and in times of trouble, it’s usually flair players who are sacrificed first.

Fitness issues and selection preferences have both held back one of the Premier League’s brightest prospects this campaign, and the onus is now on him to turn things around.

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