Jordan Lyden talks up the mentorship of Aston Villa enigma Jack Grealish

Jack Grealish

The breakthrough Australian is pleased with the welcome he has received in the Aston Villa first-team.

Jack Grealish has been making the headlines for the wrong reasons recently.

The talented midfielder was recently banished from the first-team after being pictured by national papers partying after a 4-0 defeat against Everton at the weekend.

It is not the first time he has courted controversy and it saw him demoted by Villa boss Remi Garde.

He is now back in the first-team picture as another talented youngster begins to make his breakthrough.

Jordan Lyden, a former youth team team-mate of Grealish's at Villa, was in the 18-man squad for the Premier League tie with Arsenal last weekend and has become a feature in first-team training at Bodymoor Heath.

He has been speaking to the Aston Villa website today about his emergence to the first-team and made it clear that Grealish has been a great help in his development:

"Jack was incredibly helpful too. I have known him for a long time and he pulled me to one side and said 'don't worry, just do your stuff.'

"He's only a young lad himself so for him to think about the feelings of someone else meant a lot. He went out of his way to chat to me and keep me calm. I felt good that he believed in me."

It is certainly good to hear that Grealish is acting as a mentor to another talented youngster, especially considering the bad reputation he has developed in recent times.

Lyden is an 18-year-old teenager who headed over to the Midlands from ECU Joondalup in Western Australia and has earned rave reviews for his all-action performances in the midfield for Villa's Under-21s this season - for whom he has been captain.

Now he has got the attention of Garde he will need to continue to impress in order to get his first-team debut.

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