Danny Mills says he questions the discipline of Jack Grealish after saying the midfielder is “carrying the team” for Aston Villa at times.
The former Leeds and England full-back, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that the 24-year-old has shown an “amazing” spirit this season but that he almost does too much at times.
The Villa captain has been the standout performer for Dean Smith’s side this season, with nine goals and seven assists under his belt across all competitions.
Mills says that he admires Grealish’s dedication to the cause but questions whether he could carry out a more disciplined role if he was asked to.
Mills told Football Insider: “The problem is for Jack Grealish is that he is such a superstar at Aston Villa, he is carrying the team at times, he almost has to do too much.
“I think that is the doubt sometimes. How good would he be in a really good team, with better players around him? How disciplined could he be? When you look Pep Guardiola’s teams, those players, they have their areas on the pitch they have to stay in.
“I know they’re fluid and I know it can change but when you’re in that position they almost have their little boxes. Jack Grealish, all credit to him because he’s got heart and soul and wants to do incredibly well, is one minute playing right-back, then playing left-back.
“He is all over the place because he’s trying to do everything possible for the team. That’s an amazing quality to have but sometimes that’s to his detriment at times. It would be interesting to see how he would fit into a top-quality side.”
As well as impressing in the Premier League, Grealish has helped Villa reach the League Cup finals, beating Leicester across two legs in the semi-finals.
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