Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes has asked Jack Grealish to leave Aston Villa and consider a move to Man United, Man City, or Liverpool. According to Scholes, Grealish has to get out now.
Grealish has established himself as one of the best midfielders in the Premier League and has inspired Aston Villa in their continual push for a place in Europe next season.
The 25-year-old has been tipped to move on in the summer and Scholes is of the opinion that he must do so if he intends to win trophies and establish himself at the elite level.
When asked if Grealish was a contender for the PFA Player of the Year award for the 2020/21 season in a chat with Optus Sport, Scholes replied:
“Don’t get me wrong, I love the player, but if he was doing this at Man United, Liverpool, City, one of the top clubs, then he’d be up there, he’d possibly be top three.
“There is no pressure on Villa. If he is at a top club then he needs to win every week. He needs to leave Villa to prove that [he is a top player].
“Jack Grealish is probably the same [as Paolo Di Canio]. It is all about him at Aston Villa. He needs to get out now to a club that need to win every week, there is pressure to deliver trophies.
“He is capable of doing it, but there will always be a doubt until you do it.”
With regards to a possible move, Villa will only listen to offers close to £80 million ($112m) when the window reopens. Villa are not ready to lose their prized asset and this is the case after handing him a new five-year contract in September.
Regardless, their resolve will be tested by some of the Premier League’s big boys who have been wowed by Grealish’s performances this season such as Man United, Man City, Tottenham, and Arsenal.
He’s currently on the sidelines with a leg injury and missed Villa’s 2:1 loss to Leicester City and the 1 nil win against Leeds United. He may also play no part in Wednesday’s game against Sheffield United. However, Dean Smith is optimistic that he can return to full training by the end of the week.
The playmaker’s performances have been key and will enhance his chances of earning a place in Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions squad for the Euros if he maintains his consistency on return from injury.