No player in the Premier League creates more chances than Jack Grealish.
So, with all due respect to the workaholic Ollie Watkins, imagine the fear Aston Villa would strike into opposition defenders if they had a blood-thirsty, penalty-box predator leading the line; one who dines out on half-chances and gobbles up close-range tap-ins.
Someone like, well, Tammy Abraham for instance.
“Unbelievable. I couldn’t believe how good he was with the ball for how tall he is. Loved playing with him,” Villa captain Grealish said during an Instagram Q&A last year when asked about a striker whose 25 goals fired the Midland giants to promotion in 2018/19.
If reports are to be believed, Grealish could soon be reunited with his old sparring partner in front of the Holte End.
Amid claims that Abraham has decided not to renew his contract at Chelsea, with Erling Haaland’s potential arrival increasing the fears surrounding his first-team role under Thomas Tuchel, the Telegraph reports that Aston Villa could offer the England international a fresh start in familiar surroundings.
Two years on from Villa’s Wembley triumph over Derby County in the Championship play-off final, both Grealish and Abraham are that little bit older, that little bit wiser, and that little bit better.
They tore the Championship apart in 2018/19. And it is not hard to imagine ‘Jammy’ ripping into the Premier League in 2021/22.