Jack Grealish explains why he wore ruined boots during Aston Villa v Derby County


After three years in the Championship, Aston Villa are back in the top flight.

Dean Smith’s side beat Derby County 2-1 at Wembley Stadium after goals either side of half-time from Anwar El Ghazi and John McGinn ensured promotion.

Villa, who lost in the play-off final last season, join Norwich City and Sheffield United in the Premier League next season.

The triumph will mean a lot to everyone associated with the club, none more so than a certain Jack Grealish.

The Birmingham-born midfielder and lifelong Villa fan came up through the club’s youth set-up before making his senior debut in 2014.

Since then, Grealish has played over 100 times for his boyhood side and currently wears the captain’s armband.

Villa’s number 10 has played a vital part in their success since returning from injury in March and it looks like he has his boots to thank for that.

In fact, since he returned to action in their 4-0 thrashing over Derby two months ago, Grealish has worn the same boots ever since and the play-off final was no different.

And it’s safe to say, they’ve taken some battering:

His superstition payed off nonetheless as Villa made it 13 consecutive games unbeaten when Grealish and his worn out boots have been in the side.

Following the game, the Villa captain told Sky Sports: “Well I came back from injury and obviously they weren’t like this, they were brand new.

“I got a few goals and a few assists and these are my lucky boots so I had to keep them.”

Take a look at the interview below:

Grealish also bagged Villa’s Goal of the Season award whilst wearing those boots away at Rotherham United in April.

The question now is though, will they be making a return come August?

Villa fans will certainly hope so.

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