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Jack Grealish has arguably been Aston Villa’s best player this season.

The 25-year-old has three goals and three assists in as many Premier League games for the Villans so far, with Dean Smith’s side boasting a 100 percent record.

With those statistics, there can be no denying Grealish’s contribution to Aston Villa but, off the field, the England international has seemingly been doing his bit too.

One of their more high-profile signings during the summer transfer window was Ross Barkley, who joined the West Midlands club on a season-long loan from Chelsea.

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And if rumours are to be believed, Grealish had a hand in that.

According to The Telegraph, Grealish ‘bombarded’ Barkley with calls and texts over a three-week period about wanting him to join him at Aston Villa.

And patience really is a virtue, as the club’s academy star ultimately succeeded when they announced a deal to sign the £100k-a-week midfielder last month.

There is clearly a close relationship between Grealish and Barkley, evident by how the duo combined so effectively during the 7-2 mauling of Premier League champions Liverpool prior to the international break.

And Smith will be hoping for more of the same tonight as Villa visit Leicester City.

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