Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish & England
Should Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish be in the England squad?
Gareth Southgate has been lauded from all quarters for how he’s blooding kids into the national team.
Since taking over as England’s manager, Southgate has given England debuts to 23 players.
Included in those players are Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi and Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho.
Should Grealish be given a chance to impress?
Against the Czech Republic, Southgate started with Tottenham’s Eric Dier and Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson in the team.
Do England really need to play two defensive midfielders in these types of matches?
Southgate has spoken about picking Aston Villa’s playmaker.
The England manager has flagged up the biggest problem facing Grealish – he plays in the Championship.
What Gareth Southgate said
As reported in the Sunday Telegraph:
Jack worked with us in the Under-21s briefly. The difficulty is always, although we can see the quality.
When the evidence of the opponent is a different level, that’s where it’s hard to directly correlate what that is going to look like at a level above.
With Callum [Hudson-Odoi], he’s playing Europa League, he’s playing Premier League, that does make a difference.
I’m not going to say we won’t pick a player from the Championship because that could happen but it’s far more difficult to assess his level.
Tottenham links revived
For the past year or so, Grealish has been linked with a possible move to Tottenham.
This Sunday, the Express recycle the Spurs rumours as readers are told:
Tottenham are keeping close tabs on Wolves striker Diogo Jota as Daniel Levy prepares to release transfer funds.
Elsewhere, Pochettino may look to a former target in Aston Villa star Jack Grealish to bolster the midfield.
Villa may encounter penalties from the EFL for their financial ongoings and Spurs are looking to take advantage of the uncertainty in the Midlands.
Also see: Bad for Tottenham: Liverpool’s injury woes ease up.
Tottenham lose Serge Aurier to injury before Liverpool.