Aston Villa's Jack Grealish looking to follow Sunderland's Duncan Watmore's lead

Duncan Watmore has just enjoyed a fine season with Sunderland, but Aston Villa's Jack Grealish fell short of expectations.

Aston Villa's Jack Grealish applauds the fans at the end of the match

Aston Villa youngster Jack Grealish has told the FA’s official site that he is hoping to follow on the footsteps of Sunderland’s Duncan Watmore.

Watmore impressed for England at the Toulon Tournament last summer, and he has gone on to have an impressive campaign back at Sunderland this past season.

Watmore has featured frequently in Sunderland’s first-team, and he has earned a great deal of praise for his performances.

Sunderland's Duncan Watmore in action with Watford's Nathan Ake

And Grealish said: "I didn’t really expect to be called up, but the gaffer has done and it’s been good. I’ve enjoyed my time here and the ambition now is to keep playing regularly with my club and England and hopefully my future will be to go on to play for the senior side.

"I think Duncs [Watmore] is a good example, he came here to Toulon last year for his first England trip, he did well and it brought him through into the first team at Sunderland and he also staked his claim here.”

Grealish enjoyed a productive breakthrough season last term, but he has failed to push on.

The Villa youngster made little impact this term, as the Claret and Blues fell out of the Premier League.

Aston Villa's Jack Grealish during the warm up session before the game

Grealish has showcased his talents in an England shirt recently though, and he scored twice on his debut for the Three Lions' under-21 side against Guinea in a 7-1 victory.

Grealish could have a big part to play for Villa in the Championship next term, as they aim to make an immediate return to the top flight.

Grealish made 21 appearances for Villa this season, but he only scored once and was largely used as a substitute.

General view of Paper planes on the pitch thrown by Aston Villa fans in protest as Jack Grealish takes a corner

Register for ASTON VILLA team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch