By Alex Taylor

Aston Villa star Jack Grealish believes that he can be the driving force behind the club’s push for promotion this season.

The youngster has suffered a series of setbacks since his emergence into the first-team but he is now ready to put his disciplinary issues behind him to step up and be counted for his side.

Grealish featured in just 16 Premier League games last season, coming off the bench seven times in Villa’s failed domestic campaign and notching just a single goal.

“I want to be a driving force for the team this season. I want to be one of the lads that the others look up to and get inspiration from,” he told the Express and Star.

“It helps with me being an attacking player because I can make things happen with goals and assists. I am not a shouter or screamer in the dressing room or out on the field but I hope to lead the team on with my performances.”

The forward has endured a turbulent time during his Villa career so far, twice being left out of the squad as punishment for late night drinking.

The player has 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 picked up the 2016 Toulon Tournament with the Under-21 team.

In other Aston Villa news, Roberto Di Matteo has revealed he has no plans to axe Jack Grealish despite his troubles over the last 12 months.