Jack Grealish: An improvement on last season or a regression?

Jack Grealish

What do the stats say about Jack Grealish's season so far?

The spotlight is on Jack Grealish as Aston Villa after his recent demotion from the first team.

Grealish was dropped to the under-21s not because of poor form, but because he was pictured out partying after a heavy defeat to Everton and manager Remi Garde wanted to take a stand.

The controversial youngster is under pressure to produce the goods on the pitch as a result, and build on his breakthrough last season.

  SeasonWon Tackles per gameShots per gamePassing AccuracyChances Created per gameSuccessful Final Third Passes per gameGoal AssistsGoalsAppearances
Jack Grealish 2015-2016 0.5 1.4 85% 1 9.9 0 1 10
Jack Grealish 2014-2015 0.41 0.76 93% 1.06 8.47 1 0 17

Many statistics relating to Grealish's Premier League performances in 2014/15 and 2015/16 are similar.

Yet the one thing which will be grating him is the fact he is yet to score in the league this season, having done so last time around.

This is evidenced by the fact he averaged also twice as many shots per game (1.4 to 0.76) - which suggests he is trying hard to make the breakthrough.

His desire to score is a positive, but there needs to be a balance for a struggling side, and Grealish needs to make his on pitch decisions wisely.

An over eagerness to make an impression can be unhelpful if he is ineffective, and it comes at the cost of passing when teammates are better placed.

 

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