Alan Hutton drops intriguing insight on 'fearless' Grealish and why he is really 'one in a million' for Aston Villa and England
Alan Hutton has claimed Jack Grealish will be “loving” the pressure on his shoulders for Aston Villa and England.
The former Villa defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the midfielder is “one in a million” when it comes to dealing with the “hype” around him.
Grealish made his first start of the Euros against the Czech Republic on Tuesday and marked the occasion with an assist for Raheem Sterling.
The 25-year-old was left as an unused substitute for the opening match against Croatia, while he played 27 minutes versus Scotland.
Hutton admitted there was a lot of pressure on his former teammate’s shoulders.
However, he insisted it would only help the Villa star up his game on the big stage.
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Asked how Grealish would be dealing with the pressure, Hutton told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “Absolutely loving it. That’s when he plays his best football.
“He’s probably one of the only people that I know, out with youngsters that haven’t really made their way in the game, who are absolutely fearless.
“At the age he’s at, he’s captain of his club, there’s a lot of pressure, a lot of media hype around him. It just doesn’t affect him. He’s one in a million when it comes to things like that.
“He just enjoys playing the game. He knows he is a very good player. Technically gifted and he just plays with a smile on his face. It’s the only thing I can say about him.
“He’ll be desperate to start these games because he knows what he’s capable of. He knows he can affect games and he’ll be the type of guy who can get Harry Kane in the game.
“He hates missing training, never mind a game so he’ll be absolutely itching to play the full 90.
“There has been a lot of clamour for him to play. I think it was a little bit harsh when England were on the back foot against Scotland.
“You bring him on and say: ‘It’s your turn. Go and do something.’ That’s too much to ask.”