Everton fans call for Aston Villa's Jack Grealish to be signed

Jack Grealish and John Terry of Aston Villa look dejected following the Sky Bet Championship Play Off Final between Aston Villa and  Fulham at Wembley Stadium on May 26, 2018 in London,...

Everton fans are keen to see the club swoop for Aston Villa star Jack Grealish.

Jack Grealish and John Terry of Aston Villa look dejected following the Sky Bet Championship Play Off Final between Aston Villa and  Fulham at Wembley Stadium on May 26, 2018 in London,...

Aston Villa's promotion dream ended on Saturday evening, as they lost 1-0 to Fulham in the Championship play-off final at Wembley Stadium.

Villa went to Wembley in the hope of returning to the Premier League having seen off Middlesbrough in the semi-finals, but ultimately came up short on the big stage.

Tom Cairney's first-half goal proved to be the winner for Fulham, who managed to hang on with 10 men late on as Denis Odoi was sent off for two yellow cards.

Jack Grealish of Aston Villa shoots during the Sky Bet Championship Play Off Final between Aston Villa and  Fulham at Wembley Stadium on May 26, 2018 in London, England.

 

As Fulham celebrate promotion and begin planning for their Premier League return, Villa are left to wonder what might have been – and face up to a difficult summer.

With Financial Fair Play regulations looming large, some key players may have to be sold this summer to balance the books, and one player destined to attract huge attention is playmaker Jack Grealish.

The 22-year-old was Villa's stand-out performer on the day at Wembley, and enjoyed a fine season with three goals and six assists in 30 games during a fine campaign.

Jack Grealish of Aston Villa runs with the ball under pressure from Aleksandar Mitrovic of Fulham during the Sky Bet Championship Play Off Final between Aston Villa and  Fulham at Wembley...

Grealish appears to have grown up thanks to the influence of veterans such as John Terry, Mile Jedinak, Glenn Whelan and Robert Snodgrass, and now looks to be fulfilling the potential he showed under Tim Sherwood.

Now, Premier League fans are looking for their clubs to sign Grealish, with Everton supporters taking to Twitter after Grealish's showing against Fulham to urge the Toffees to make a move for the playmaker this summer - but whether he is on Marcel Brands' radar remains to be seen...

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