By Dominic Toner
Jack Grealish picked up the award for goal of the weekend for his sublime strike for Aston Villa against Rotherham.
The Sky Bet Championship Twitter account has revealed Grealish won the award for his individual award for his “brilliant solo” effort in his team’s 3-0 win against Rotherham, in which he calmly dribbled past the goalkeeper to tap into an empty net.
— Sky Bet Championship (@SkyBetChamp) August 16, 2016
Roberto Di Matteo enjoyed his first success as Villa manager after losing 1-0 to Sheffield Wednesday in the Championship opener, and being dumped out of the EFL Cup in the first-round by League Two side Luton 3-1.
Villa forward Rudy Gestede scored his first goals of the campaign with a first-half brace against Rotherham and Grealish added his sensational goal late on to make certain of the points.
The 20-year-old midfielder only made nine appearances for the Midlands club last season due to injuries, poor form and a series of off-field controversies.
The youngster has endured a turbulent time during his Villa career so far, being left out of the squad a couple of times as a punishment for going out drinking.
He also has struggled with injuries and consistency throughout his career, but has shown in glimpses in the Premier League and for England’s Under-21 that he does have ability.
Grealish played for Republic of Ireland as a youngster before deciding to pledge his international duty to England and has rewarded his nation already as he won the 2016 Toulon Tournament with the Under-21 team.
Villa will now hope to pick up some form in their bid to secure an automatic return to the Premier League and youngster Grealish could play a starring role this season.
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