Date: 8th June 2018 at 8:00pm
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The club’s pursuit of Jack Grealish will come as a surprise to some.  The 22-year old is though a prestigious young talent, and he has the flair and talent to excite if he does move to us this summer.

His development as a young player has been difficult one. He rose to prominence under Tim Sherwood originally but he fell out with his successor Remi Garde, and his professionalism has been questioned at times.

Things didn’t start to really click for Jack until a very serious injury nine months ago.  In a pre-season friendly against Watford, a tackle by Tom Cleverley, which seemed innocuous at the time, actually left him with severe kidney damage. The organ had split in two places and he suffered internal bleeding that lasted for five hours. Before the surgery, he was told by the surgeon that he could die if the operation wasn’t successful. Being told that shocked the midfielder. He told the Mirror last month:

“I’m a big believer that ­everything happens for a reason. I came back from that injury a different person. I thought about how everything could be taken away from you in such a short space of time. I worked so hard to come back because I missed football. I ­wanted to be the best I could be.”

That newfound desire and commitment really showed on his return to action in the second half of last season. Part of his desire was to repay the faith of Steve Bruce who had visited the midfielder regularly in hospital during his recovery, and his passion for Villa also made him their talisman as they made it to the playoff final.

His style of play is old-fashioned in many ways. He plays with his socks down and loves to dribble out of danger into space. Although not a prolific goalscorer, he has begun to make more assists, with eight in total last season.

Part of that is down to the position he plays. Early in his career, he was invariably used on the left wing, but over the past couple of seasons, he has begun to be used exclusively as a number ten.

Our interest is likely to be as a result of seeking an understudy to Christian Eriksen. The Dane played in 47 matches last season, and Grealish could help to share the workload a bit more.

The talent has always been there, and with his new found maturity, it seems that the club thinks he is worth the outlay. With the Villans in financial crisis though, we could be looking to exploit the situation with a low bid. Daniel Levy is said to be eyeing a £15m offer for the attacking midfielder; a long way below Villa’s reported £40m price tag.

If we do get the midfielder, he would be another young English talent that Mauricio Pochettino could look to mould into a top-drawer player.

 

18 Replies to “Why Signing Reformed Playmaker Could Prove To Be Good Business For Spurs”

  • Not sure about this signing, we need world class experienced players to take us to the next level.

  • Could be a diamond – love the way he is brave with the ball draws in the opposition and gains lots of fouls and mistakes from defenders. Will be great with better players around him and a star for Tottenham if we get him. Not worth £40 million yet but may be worth it in a year or two!

    • Jack Grealish is an absolutely superb player all round (the ball is his friend for sure) and a future England international superstar in my opinion.

      I predict the he will one day generate a 100 million pound plus transfer fee (Unless Spurs ‘if he signs’ can manage to hold on to him at WHL)

  • Where does this leave Harry Winks if we do this?.
    Save the money for squad players and upgrade a bit more quality for the first 11.

  • It’s players that can go straight into the team and improve it not squad players @ championship teams

  • Spurfect One – “world class experienced players” ? who are they, how are you going to pay for them and who are they going to replace in the current side (they won’t come to sit on the bench) ?

  • CoysRu – They play different positions. Winks plays in the Dembele/Sissoko position. Grealish would play further forward as one of the three attacking midfield players. Which is the problem really, we already have five players competing for three places there. I’d much rather we were after someone competing with Winks for a place, we are much weaker in that part of the pitch.

  • jod…am with you there regards signing “world class experienced player”, who are they going to replace in what we already have, we need in my opinion, better young prepared to wait/learn squad players, who intern will put pressure on the side as it is now. COYS

  • I think a fee of 15-20m is fair. One good season in the Championship doesn’t mean he is worth 40m.

    If we sign him I do believe he is Eriksens long term replacement. I just hope Eriksen signs a new deal and we get at least another 2 seasons out of him. That way we can bring Grealish through slowly.

    The lad is a talent and I think he would fit in very well here.

  • A spine of Dier, Winks, Grealish, Alli, Kane is pretty decent IMO.

    I hope we sign a few decent English players this window. There are a few around.

  • Has to be Malcom for me – even though plays RWF, left footed so can easily move to LWF and also with his shooting and creativity even ACM. Would love Sessegnon aswell but seriously doubt that is now on the cards with Fulham’s promotion so let’s see what happens.

  • Waste of money, shows our level of ambition if we sign this two bit, big time Charlie. I thought we wanted to start challenging for the title, this kind of player will not get us to that level.

  • Grealish is a great talent. Pochettino will improve and get the best out of him.

    Malcom is only left footed and plays similarly to Lamela and Andros Townsend, in that he always cuts in from the right, which makes him too predictable.

  • No way should we sign that mutton head.he played under age for Eire and dragged out declaring for us before he got tied in competitive tournaments.spoilt brat hated by true Eire supporters.

  • The best young player I have seen since Gazza in regards to the way he can go past players in the centre of the pitch. The ball sticks to his feet. I have seen him play a number of times and I really hope we get hold of him. He is a keyholder, he came onto the scene a few years ago and held his own when Villa had a few better players in Delph, Cleverly and an inform Benteke surrounded by better players he was Man of the Match in the FA cup semi against Liverpool. Following season they had lost Delph, Benteke, Cleverly, Given etc and went down. Its been a learning curve but just google what Sherwood and Bruce and Southgate have all said about him. Imagine him playing alongside Ericksen Dier, Ali, Kane. BUY HIM I reckon in a years time he will be viewed as our David Silva.

  • He does keep the ball well. I like his confidence. But there are better central midfield players around than him. Maddison is way ahead of him IMO.

    15M bid apparently. Sounds like SkySports are bored.

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