'The Manager Has A Real Problem' - Exclusive: Robinson on big-name Villa player
Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish has given England manager Gareth Southgate “a real problem”, according to Paul Robinson.
The former England number one, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, hailed the 25-year-old’s “outstanding” performance against Belgium last night in the Nations League.
Grealish impressed in what was his first competitive start for England, despite the Three Lions losing 2-0 to the FIFA number one ranked side.
Such an honour to make my first competitive start for @England last night! I’ve dreamt of this moment since I was a kid and I absolutely loved every single minute of it. I felt we deserved more from the game but time to kick on and to end the international break on a high! 🦁🏴 pic.twitter.com/rNM9LAYLjs
— Jack Grealish (@JackGrealish) November 16, 2020
An electric start to the 2020/21 campaign with Villa has seen the attacking midfielder rewarded with three England caps.
His seven Premier League appearances this term has yielded a remarkable four goals and six assists and helped Dean Smith’s side to resounding wins over Liverpool and Arsenal.
When asked by Football Insider for his assessment of Grealish’s performance against Belgium, Robinson said: “I thought he was outstanding.
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“Gareth Southgate has to find a way to get him into his starting eleven.
“If Sterling, Rashford and Kane play there is no space in that formation for Grealish, unless he plays instead of Sterling or Rashford.
“He was outstanding last night and he has given the manager a real problem.
“It is something that is going to have to be looked at because Jack Grealish has to be in the team.”
Speaking on Grealish after the loss, Southgate said: “Jack has really impressed us with his approach.
“Since he came in he’s been curious about what we are looking for from him and he has taken it into training and he has taken his club form into a game against one of the top international teams in the world.”
In other Aston Villa news, Kevin Phillips claims Dean Smith may complete ‘signing of the season’ in 2021.