By Emma Sanders
Steve Bruce revealed he told Jack Grealish he has to deal with off-field attention because of his exciting potential.
The 21 year-old spoke after Grealish missed the second city derby due to a three-match ban he picked up during the 1-1 draw against Wolves.
Grealish was adjudged to have stamped on Conor Coady during the draw and the ban followed an earlier fine after the youngster was caught partying at the start of the season.
“I’ve had a couple of chats with him because obviously he got banned after my first game,” Bruce told BBC Radio 5 live, as reported by the Birmingham Mail.
“What I did say to Jack afterwards is that because you’re an exciting young talent who has shown a lot of promise, you get the attention and you have got to deal with this.
“We keep reading about him on the front pages rather than the back, and that has to turn around for the lad and we’ll try our best to make sure we can do that.”
Grealish has started ten games in total this season and has struggled to demonstrate the form which made him a household name during the 2014-15 campaign as he made his Premier League debut for Villa.
The attacking midfielder has scored two goals and grabbed one assist in the Championship this season, though his last significant contribution came in August.
He impressed for the England Under-21s during their clashes against Kazakhstan and Bosnia and Herzegovina earlier this month though and Bruce hopes the youngster can turn things around upon his return.