The Villa boss has suggested his decision not to play Jack Grealish regularly has made it a difficult season for the youngster, but is hoping for better things next season.
Aston Villa manager Remi Garde has admitted that he may have made Jack Grealish's season more difficult by not selecting the youngster on a regular basis, but is hoping that things will be better next season after a full pre-season, according to quotes in the Birmingham Mail.
The 20-year-old midfielder enjoyed a breakthrough campaign at Villa Park last season, making 23 appearances in all competitions and putting in some sparkling displays under Tim Sherwood.
However, the former Republic of Ireland youth international has been dogged by off-field controversies, and was fined and told to train with the under-21s squad for a fortnight after his latest indiscretion.
Perhaps consequently, he has made just six appearances for the club since Garde took over in November, of which only three have been starts.
Garde acknowledged that it has been a difficult season for Grealish, something which has been exacerbated by his own decision not to select the midfielder, but insisted that things may well be different after he gets a full pre-season to look at the player.
The French manager said, as quoted by the Birmingham Mail: “Hopefully a lot of stuff should have been taught to Jack already because Jack is not a kid any more.
"Jack, of course, is talented. He has been going very high, very quickly — and to digest that experience has probably been a little bit difficult for him. Then I came and didn’t play him straight away.
"This season is quite difficult for Jack, but he is a talented player and if I have a full season with him, a full pre-season too, things could be different hopefully.”
If Grealish does indeed get reintroduced to the fold on a full-time basis next season it is almost certain to be in the Championship.
Villa are eight points adrift of safety with just 10 matches remaining in the season, having won just three Premier League games this campaign.