Ray Wilkins has told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast Show on TalkSPORT, which was broadcast on 31st March, that Jack Grealish should leave Aston Villa if he is not getting first-team football.
Grealish enjoyed a wonderful breakthrough season last year, when he broke into the side while Tim Sherwood and Wilkins were in charge at Villa Park.
However, the youngster has dropped out of favour more recently, with his appearances being very infrequent.
Grealish has played just 17 times for the Claret and Blues this season, and Wilkins believes that the attacking midfielder should leave unless he is playing more regularly.
“He needs to play football, I’ve had this conversation with Jack in the past,” Wilkins said. “If he’s not playing at Aston Villa he needs to go somewhere else.”
Grealish’s attitude has been publicly questioned this season by former manager Remi Garde.
The French boss barely played the academy graduate during his time in charge, and Grealish didn’t show much sympathy towards Garde when he left the club earlier this week.
The creative midfielder tweeted that he was happy to return to training soon after the 49-year-old was dismissed.
The post caused anger amongst Villa fans, but Wilkins didn’t have a problem with the youngster’s use of social media.
“Always when managers leave, you’ll have players against it and for it,” Wilkins added. “If you’re not in the team when a manager goes you’re going to be for it.
“I don’t think Jack has tweeted like that, he just loves his football.
He’s a smashing young man and he’s a football lover - you don’t see many young players like that now.”