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16th Aug, 2016 | 2:08pm

Aston Villa player wins Championship award after catching the eye

By Dominic Toner

Jack Grealish picked up the award for goal of the weekend for his sublime strike for Aston Villa against Rotherham.

The Sky Bet Championship Twitter account has revealed Grealish won the award for his individual award for his “brilliant solo” effort in his team’s 3-0 win against Rotherham, in which he calmly dribbled past the goalkeeper to tap into an empty net.

Roberto Di Matteo enjoyed his first success as Villa manager after losing 1-0 to Sheffield Wednesday in the Championship opener, and being dumped out of the EFL Cup in the first-round by League Two side Luton 3-1.

Villa forward Rudy Gestede scored his first goals of the campaign with a first-half brace against Rotherham and Grealish added his sensational goal late on to make certain of the points.

Villa’s new chief Tony Xia has told Grealish on Twitter to work hard and remain focused after his man-of-the-match performance.

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The 20-year-old midfielder only made nine appearances for the Midlands club last season due to injuries, poor form and a series of off-field controversies.

The youngster has endured a turbulent time during his Villa career so far, being left out of the squad a couple of times as a punishment for going out drinking.

He 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 won the 2016 Toulon Tournament with the Under-21 team.

Villa will now hope to pick up some form in their bid to secure an automatic return to the Premier League and youngster Grealish could play a starring role this season.

In the latest Aston Villa team news, Xia has explained why owning the club is tougher than he first expected.