Earlier in the week, it emerged from a number of news outlets, including the Daily Mail, that Jack Grealish had spent the night drinking and partying with friends after the heavy defeat to Everton at the weekend.
The youngster has since been reprimanded by the club’s new manager Remi Garde and dropped from the first-team, as reported by the BBC.
Although it’s proving to be an argument which continues to divide opinion, Derby County’s Will Hughes saw no issue in publically backing Grealish and labelled national newspapers as ‘embarrassing’.
Are newspapers gonna give Jack Grealish a yard? Embarrassing journalism.— Will Hughes (@wjhughes19) November 24, 2015
Is Hughes right – has the Grealish night out been blown out of proportion?
Although it’s easy for frustrations to get the better of people following a heavy defeat, the decision to drop Grealish is nonsensical.
If he had failed to turn up to training or had been drinking a night or two before the game, it would have been justified. However, to punish a player for going out after a game, even a game that ended in defeat, is just over the top.
At 20, Grealish shouldn’t have to carry the weight of his side’s demise on his shoulders, especially when there are more experienced players not stepping up to the plate.
Considering his age, it could be argued that he should be allowed a certain freedom to develop and that making him a scapegoat for Villa's current position could only go on to make matters much worse.