Jack Grealish has got the potential to become a Premier League star thinks Manchester United legend Paul Scholes.
Grealish was the star of the show in Aston Villa’s 2-1 Wembley win against Liverpool last weekend, and the youngest player on the pitch marked the occasion with a confident and mature display, full of energy.
It was at League One Notts County where Grealish got his big break, joining the Magpies in 2013. He impressed at Meadow Lane and he has enjoyed a solid breakthrough season since returning to Aston Villa, a club he joined at the age of six.
Former Villa boss Paul Lambert was cautious with starting Grealish, whereas Tim Sherwood has rewarded the 19-year-old forward with with more regular action since taken the manager's position.
And Scholes agrees with the former Tottenham manager’s decision to give Grealish his big break.
“I really like Grealish as a player. He has got promise. I haven’t seen enough of him to know whether he is a No 10 or better coming off the left-hand side,” Scholes told the Independent.
"Only time will tell how many goals he has in him. Only time will tell if he is going to pull his socks up, too. Juan Sebastian Veron had that habit as well,” Scholes added - in reference to Grealish’s superstition of keeping his socks round his ankles.
Proceed with caution
Despite Grealish’s positive impact in his first season at Villa Park, Scholes believes that the teenager is not the final product yet, and needs more time to develop.
“But what I can see in Grealish is that he is a clever player. He has great control, he can dribble and he can pass," he said.
“He might well have a free-kick in him too. Let’s not go overboard yet. There are the makings of a decent player there."
Aston Villa travel to Manchester City this weekend, where a win will all-but secure their top-flight status.
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