Jack Grealish’s impending Aston Villa is “huge” but he won’t overshadow the efforts of Ollie Watkins, Tyrone Mings and Ezri Konsa.
That is according to ex-Arsenal and West Brom striker Kevin Campbell, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after The Athletic revealed that the skipper could return for tomorrow’s derby clash against Wolves.
A shin injury has rule Grealish out Villa’s last three matches – a 2-1 loss to Leicester, a 1-0 win over Leeds and Wednesday’s 1-0 defeat to Sheffield United.
Villa are enjoying a strong season and Grealish is the central protagonist in their success but there are other star performers among Smith’s roster too.
Ollie Watkins is their top scorer with 12 goals and defenders Ezri Konsa and Tyrone Mings are both in contention for England call-ups.
Campbell claims that Grealish’s return will give Villa a massive advantage but was quick to praise the other components of Dean Smith’s well-oiled side.
“It’s going to be a huge boost to have him back for the Wolves game because he’s their talisman,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.
“He’s their best player and they do miss him when he’s not there. Although, I am liking the defence. They have really done well, Aston Villa’s defence.
“That defence, Konsa and Mings, and Jack Grealish complement each other with an Ollie Watkins up front etc. They are moving in the right direction.”
Grealish signed a new five-year contract in September, committing him to the club until 2025.
The 25-year-old is a one-club man and has made over 200 appearances for Villa, scoring 32 goals and providing 43 assists.