Noel Whelan is convinced that Aston Villa star Jack Grealish will progress into a “fantastic midfielder” as his career progresses.
The 23-year-old is usually deployed in an attacking midfield role behind the main centre-forward, switching between left, central and right-sided positions.
But Whelan believes the Villa player will eventually shine in a deeper, central midfield role where he can launch attacks and dictate the play.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, BBC pundit Noel Whelan explained why he envisages a subtle change of position for Grealish over the coming years.
“He is a sensational player who makes Aston Villa tick and has showed in the Championship over the last two seasons that he is ready to shine in the Premier League,” Whelan said.
“I think personally he is going to progress into a fantastic midfield player. He starts off moves and is always involved as the game moves towards the goalmouth. But his goal tally is not great and he seems to take the safe options at times in and around the box.
“I’d love to see him bursting into the box and getting on the end of things. Add that to his game and the world is his oyster.”
Grealish has scored four goals and supplied five assists from 27 league matches this season, but his influence is clear through the team’s transformation in results since his return from injury.
Villa have won all six games since Grealish recovered from a shin problem that sidelined him for three months, and they are well placed to secure a play-off spot for the second consecutive season.
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