Sunday, April 11, 2021

Jack Grealish ‘better off’ snubbing Man Utd transfer, says Villa hero Daley

Jack Grealish 'better off' snubbing Man Utd transfer, says Villa hero Daley

Grealish is linked with a move away from Aston Villa (Picture: Getty)

Jack Grealish should reject a transfer to Manchester United this summer, if he gets a call up to Gareth Southgate’s England squad this week.

That’s the view of former Aston Villa winger Tony Daley, who thinks he should stay put.

Grealish has been heavily linked with a summer move away from his boyhood club after a brilliant 2019/20 season helped keep them in the Premier League.

Manchester United and Manchester City are both thought to be interested in luring him away from Villa Park but Daley thinks he should reject their advances if he features in Southgate’s latest England squad this week in order to boost his chances of being involved in next summer’s Euros.

‘If Jack goes, he’ll have everyone’s blessing here at Villa because of what he’s just done for the club,’ Daley told the Daily Star.

‘But if he’s been picked for England already, he might think he’s better off staying with Villa, where he’s settled and plays every week.

‘The Euros are coming up next summer – and Jack needs to be playing to stay in Southgate’s plans.’

Southgate could call Grealish up this week (Picture: AMA/Getty)

Despite some sensational performances in the Premier League, Grealish is yet to be called up by Southgate, however, it would be a surprise if he was left out of Nations League clashes with Iceland and Denmark next month.

‘I agree Jack now warrants a place in the England squad,’ added Morley. ‘He gave consistently good performances last season.

‘When he was in the Championship, there were doubts if he could do it in the Premier League. Fair enough. But he’s now proved he can.

‘Yes, there were ups and downs last season but people need to understand the immense pressure on his shoulders to keep Villa up. Everyone looked to Jack to deliver every game.

‘But, when it mattered in the final few games, there was this new maturity about Jack, which really came to the fore.

‘He didn’t try to do everything on his own. He realised Villa had to play as a team – and you could see how others around him responded to that.

‘It seems England will have a bigger squad than normal next week. That means Jack must get in, surely? I believe he’s done enough to be picked in this squad.

‘He’s shown what a talent he is at Villa – and he’ll go up another level with the national team, with even better players alongside him.’

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