Alan Hutton has been left raving over the improved form of Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish and says the sky is the limit when it comes to his potential.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Villa and Scotland defender says that it took a while for the homegrown Villa star to get to grips with the Premier League, something he always expected from the 24-year-old after his impressive season in the Championship.
Grealish went the opening five top-flight games with just one assist under his belt but has managed to chalk up two goals and two assists in his last four appearances.
Hutton says he always knew it would take time for his former teammate to hit the heights expected of him after promotion and insists the attacking midfielder is only going to get better and better as he develops.
Hutton told Football Insider: “To take the step up, I always knew it was going to take time, he obviously had a lot of weight on his shoulders in the Villa team because he was the main man and the captain and things.
“At the start of the season we saw flashes but maybe not the all-round performances. Now I think he’s grown into it, he knows what it’s all about. I think he’s the complete player; he’s scoring goals, he’s setting goals up, he’s making key passes and contributing all the time.
“He’s really gone from strength to strength for me this season, if he keeps going the way he’s going, he could be anything; England squad, the whole works, he’s definitely that good.”
Grealish, who was born and raised as a Villa fan, has played 156 times for his boyhood club, scoring 19 goals and chipping in with 27 assists.
He has played every single minute of the club’s Premier League campaign so far, standing out in the 2-1 win over Brighton with a goal and an assist to his name.
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