Speaking to talkSPORT, former Aston Villa star Dwight Yorke has reacted to Jack Grealish being dropped from Remi Garde’s first-team, suggesting that the head coach made this decision to stamp his authority on his new club.
Yorke said: “The manager has got to go with his instinct to try and get results, but Jack Grealish has been the best player every time [this season]. You have to handle these young players, and stamp your authority on them, and he [Garde] has gone about it this way. But what he needs is one of his best players being there and being able to play for him.”
Grealish was dropped from the Aston Villa squad last week, and after missing the game against Watford he is set to remain out of the team this weekend as the Premier League strugglers take on Southampton.
His personal life has come under much scrutiny in recent months, and Garde opted to take a harsh stance with the young playmaker, even if it negatively affected his team.
Yorke certainly believes that Grealish is Villa’s best player, and that not playing him every week is to the detriment of the Midlands team’s results.
However, Yorke also seems to accept why Garde has dropped Grealish, as it proves the head coach has the willingness and strength to drop his players if they step out of line.
It is still early in his coaching reign, and he has now shown all the players that he will happily drop them if they are not buying into the methodology of the club - just like Grealish has failed to do.
It may negatively impact Villa’s results in the short-term, but over a long period of time Garde may have made the perfect decision to build a better sense of community and togetherness in a Villa squad which is severely lacking in any right now.