Graeme Souness has warned Aston Villa attacking midfielder Jack Grealish in The Times against believing “in his own hype”.
The Liverpool legend, who now works as a pundit for Sky Sports, has also urged Grealish to work harder.
Souness does rate the 25-year-old attacking midfielder highly, but he believes that the Villa star should not get carried away with all the praise that he gets being the club’s star player.
Souness wrote in The Times: “I’m not sure Jack Grealish enjoys being central. He prefers coming off the left wing onto his right foot. It’s easier to get on the ball and get your head up there. He also has a lot to admire and plenty of assists, but I’d still like him to get it out of his feet sooner, take two touches and hit a striker with a pass rather than take too many. There’s no doubting his dribbling skills, but I still want him to work harder, too.”
The Sky Sports pundit added: “The biggest danger is he starts to believe in his own hype. If you talk about Villa, he’s the first name you think of. The danger is greater for him than the others because he’s already the captain and main man at his club, where the supporters are crying out for success. The spotlight is firmly on him and I just hope the people round him can keep him grounded.”
Jack Grealish is a class player
Grealish has been superb for Villa for a while now, and there is no indication that he is starting to believe in his own hype.
The 25-year-old played well last season and is doing well this time around too, and given his age, it is fair to say that he will get better in the coming years.
According to WhoScored, the 25-year-old has scored six goals and provided 10 assists in 22 Premier League games for the Villans so far this season.
During the 2019-20 campaign, the England international scored eight goals and provided six assists in 36 league games for Villa, according to WhoScored.