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Most Aston Villa fans wouldn’t even swap Jack Grealish for Riyad Mahrez, Raheem Sterling or Bernardo Silva, let alone a 19-year-old whose only exposure to first-team football came during a loan spell at Lincoln City last season. 

So the prospect of Morgan Rogers moving to Villa Park as part of the deal that would see the club’s Holte End hero join Manchester City before the new Premier League season kicks off will probably go down like a lead balloon on Trinity Road. 

According to ESPN, City have thrown Rogers into the mix; a £10 million makeweight in a swoop that would see Grealish become the most expensive player in the history of British football. 

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Although you can see why City have chosen to offer up Rogers rather than, say, a Tommy Doyle, a Cole Palmer or a Yan Couto.  

The England U18 international was a revelation during his time at Lincoln after all, helping the Imps reach the play-off final with a series of explosive performances. And City know that, at Bodymoor Heath, there are two men who know and love the Dudley-born Rogers. 

Jack Grealish one way, Morgan Rogers the other?

Mark Harrison, Aston Villa’s Academy Manager, was at West Brom when Rogers was rising through the ranks. 

It was a great honour for Morgan and we congratulate him,” Harrison said after Rodgers captained England at the U17 Euros a few seasons back. 

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“I felt he was particularly impressive in the first phase of the game and it was another important step in his development.” 

Esteemed talentspotter Steve Hopcroft followed Harrison across the Midlands and he, too, played a key role in Rogers’ development at The Hawthorns.  

It is worth mentioning that, in the last year or so, Louie Barry and Tim Iroegbunam have also joined Villa after spells in the West Brom academy. Zak Brown and Finley Thorndike have had trials in claret-and-blue too. 

They have form when it comes to signing ex-Baggies prospects.

So while absolutely nobody would argue that Rogers would be capable of replacing the irreplaceable Grealish – at least, not initially – Harrison and Hopcroft will only have positive things to say about a man who could soon be treading a very well-worn path. 

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