Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish earns praise from Jamie Redknapp

Jack Grealish of Aston Villa beats Crystal Palace's Gary Cahill

Aston Villa's Jack Grealish now has two goals in as many games for Dean Smith's side.

Jack Grealish of Aston Villa during the Premier League match between Aston Villa and Brighton & Hove Albion at Villa Park on October 19, 2019 in Birmingham, United Kingdom.

Jamie Redknapp has told the Daily Mail that Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish said to him that he wanted to take more risks in possession.

Grealish has changed position at Villa recently, with Dean Smith starting the playmaker from the left flank.

Grealish has been awarded more attacking licence in Villa’s team, with three central midfielders behind him, and he has thrived.

The Villa captain now has two goals in his last two games, and his performance at the weekend was exceptional.


The claret and blues beat Brighton & Hove Albion 2-1, with Grealish claiming a goal and an assist in the contest.

And Redknapp revealed that Grealish is looking to play more bravely this season.

“I spoke to Jack Grealish recently and he told me he wants to take more risks,” Redknapp said.

“Some midfielders like to play it safe, but that is not how you get yourself goals.

“In front of the watching Gareth Southgate on Saturday, Grealish took a risk and scored, helping Aston Villa on their way to what could prove to be a vital 2-1 win over Brighton later in the season. Grealish is showing no fear in his game now.”

Jack Grealish of Aston Villa not happy after getting a Yellow Card from Referee Kevin Friend

Grealish’s form will be crucial to Villa, as they look to consolidate their place back in the top flight.

The 24-year-old has certainly stepped up in recent weeks, with Villa picking up back to back wins to ease any concerns, after a slightly slow start.

Smith’s side now sit in 11th place in the Premier League table, with their next match coming against Manchester City.

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