It is “pointless” and “unfair” to compare Aston Villa attacker Jack Grealish to England legend Paul Gascoigne, according to Danny Mills.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley, the former England full-back claimed the 25-year-old has the potential to be world class if he continues his rate of development for three or four years.

Grealish said earlier in the week while on international duty that he “thrives off “comparisons to players like Gascoigne.

He told SkySports: “I love the way he played football with all the freedom and all the joy… I want to entertain people but I always want to be effective on the pitch like Gazza was too.”

Asked by Football Insider whether Grealish’s England performances warranted comparisons to the former Spurs midfielder, Mills said: “The only issue I had was is when people start calling him world class. He’s played a handful of internationals.

“He may well go on to be world class. He certainly has the ability to do so and he’s got three or four years to do that. Undoubtedly he’s earned his place in the England side and he’s going to be pushing to be a starter you know, very very often, if not all the time. 

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“But this is the problem, every time we get a good player in this country, we start comparing them to legends of the past. The comparisons aren’t really fair and they are a little bit pointless.

“Jack Wilshere was going to be the next Gazza. Ross Barkley was going to be the next player at one point, we always do this. It’s tough and it’s a little bit unfair.

“Jack Grealish is just at the beginning of his international career, and you’re comparing him to Gazza.”

In other Aston Villa news, Gabriel Agbonlahor has slammed “unfair” Roy Keane after he savaged a Villa 27-year-old.