Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish could ‘shine’ for Liverpool and has benefitted from seeing a potential move to Tottenham Hotspur fall through, Stan Collymore told the Mirror (13 October, page 47).
If Villa were demanding £80 million for their inspirational skipper back in June, how much would he be worth now?
A Man of the Match display for England and a starring role in perhaps the most remarkable Premier League result of all time – the 7-2 thrashing of champions Liverpool – have surely added a penny or two onto Grealish’s already hefty price-tag.
Two years after Tottenham saw a £25 million bid rejected by an Aston Villa side desperate to keep hold of their homegrown hero, it is hard to imagine Daniel Levy financing a deal these days for a player who could soon become the most expensive English footballer in the game.
According to Collymore, Grealish can aim a little higher than a side who finished a distant sixth in England’s top flight last term anyway.
“He made the right decision not moving when Spurs wanted him. He’d have just been in their squad at that point,” the former striker says.
“Since then Jack has taken a step up and is a serious player.
“Well done for not taking that move (to Tottenham), helping get Villa into the top flight. He can play for any elite club now.”
Collymore is understandably thrilled to see Grealish fulfil his undoubted potential in claret and blue but believes the attacker’s future could lie at another of his former clubs – Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool.
“Jack is unique in the Premier League in that he draws players towards him and hoes past them. If he sustains his current levels, Jack could shine in midfield for Manchester City – or for Liverpool.
“Yes, he is that good.”
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