Grealish starred in the Championship, but some still had reservations about the playmaker, feeling he needed to star in the Premier League to prove himself.
So far, that's exactly what Grealish has done. He's bagged three goals and four assists, and only three players – Trent Alexander-Arnold, Kevin De Bruyne and Lucas Digne – have racked up more chances created.
It's staggering that Grealish hasn't been called up by England this season, and his stunning goal against Manchester United was another example of his quality.
Grealish remained loyal to Villa during their Championship days and financial issues, but Savage feels the best he can achieve at Villa Park is Premier League survival.
Savage feels that Grealish would leave for a club like Chelsea, Manchester City or Tottenham Hotspur, believing that if any of them come up with £80million offers, he will go.
“Aston Villa what are they going to achieve? Staying in the Premier League,” said Savage. “If they achieve that it is going to be a great season for them, they are not winning a cup. If Manchester City, Spurs or Chelsea come with a massive offer for Jack Grealish, let’s say £80 million, I think he’ll go. He’s far better than Aston Villa,” he added.
Grealish's loyalty to his boyhood club has been so strong in the past, that it's hard to imagine him jumping ship for the first offer that comes his way.
He's on a great trajectory right now, meaning major interest may well follow, but his decision to leave may not be quite as straightforward as Savage suggests, though continuing to be snubbed by England may just make Grealish feel he needs a switch.
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