Former Tottenham Hotspur scout David Webb has told Sky Sports that he thinks it is no surprise that Mauricio pochettino is targeting a deal for Aston Villa ace Jack Grealish.
Villa's 1-0 Championship play-off final defeat to Fulham last month has left Steve Bruce's men facing a financial nightmare, and players will have to be sold to raise funds.
Bruce has assembled something of an ageing squad, and there are few players that could go for big money, with Grealish clearly the most valuable asset.
The 22-year-old playmaker enjoyed a fine season in the Championship, notching three goals and six assists in 30 games as Villa made it all the way to the play-off final before falling short.
Now, Grealish – who grew up supporting Villa and has come up through the ranks with the club – looks set to move on this summer, with Spurs making their move for the attacking midfielder.
Sky Sports report that Tottenham have submitted a £15million bid for Grealish, and whilst Villa are believed to want at least double that amount, Spurs are attempting to take advantage of their financial meltdown.
Now, former Tottenham Hotspur scout David Webb has told Sky Sports that he thinks Grealish is technically very good, and suggested that he is a 'Christian Eriksen-type player' with skill and creativity.
Webb added that Grealish can play as an interchanging playmaker just like Eriksen, Erik Lamela, Son Heung-min and Dele Alli, and isn't surprised at all that Mauricio Pochettino is keen to land him, suggesting that it may be time for Grealish to work under a coach like the Argentinian.
"Technically, he could potentially be a top Premier League player,” said Webb. “He's a very clever player and athletically he's quite good. He's a very intelligent player on and off the ball - more of an Eriksen-type player (than the others Spurs have). He can also bypass players; he's very skillful. He hasn't got that top acceleration. He's not a Raheem Sterling, who is going to bypass players with speed, but he can bypass with small acceleration and then execute a through pass or shot on goal, or develop play in that area. He is more of a player that can unlock doors and offer a little bit of a goal-threat as well.”
“In Tottenham's system he would play behind the striker, in the attacking three. Those players - an Eriksen, [Erik] Lamela, [Heung-Min] Son or Alli - they want to roam and interchange, be quite sharp and understand the way Pochettino plays. It's very fast, on the transition and, for them, about knowing where to run, how to run. Grealish would have that. I am not surprised they have gone for him because of his quality and the improvements he has made. He is British as well, and there are not too many players like that, that are British-based. Being that and being someone who can develop under Pochettino, it's no surprise to me. Under a developer and teacher like Pochettino, it could be time that he is ready to work with someone like that," he added.