Exclusive: Alan Hutton claims 'Outstanding' Aston Villa player fretting 'behind-the-scenes'
Alan Hutton claims that Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish will be disappointed with the way he has started the Premier League season.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Laura O’Leary, the former Villa right-back revealed that he thought the 24-year-old was outstanding last season but that he was currently in an adjustment period.
Grealish has played every minute of the club’s Premier League campaign so far but manager Dean Smith admitted that he expected the playmaker to be more effective during the club’s 0-0 draw with West Ham.
Grealish has only managed to register one assist in his first five league outings of the season and Hutton suggested the player will be able to offer his side more once he has adjusted to the Premier League.
“Yeah, if you look over the season so far, I know it’s only five games but he probably would have wanted to give more,” Hutton told Football Insider when asked if Grealish would be disappointed with his displays behind-the-scenes.
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“It’s an adjustment period for him and last season he was outstanding, he was the best player by a mile, this is a step up, he is still a young boy.
“He’s a captain now, so obviously they’ll be pressure on him to perform, I think it’s just about him adjusting to this league and building on that.”
The 24-year-old played a key part in Smith’s side winning promotion from the Championship last season as he scored six goals, while assisting six, before creating two more goals during the play-off period.
Grealish previously played for Aston Villa in the Premier League in the 2014/15 and 2015/16 seasons, and during that period managed to contribute one goal and one assist.