Journalist Luke Hatfield doesn’t believe that Aston Villa will want to come up against Jack Grealish tonight.
The £90m-rated attacker makes his first return to Villa Park when Steven Gerrard’s side host the Premier League champions.
How has Grealish fared since leaving Villa?
Grealish’s return to his boyhood club comes on the back of a recent injury that has kept him out since before the international break.
He missed the victories over Everton, PSG, and West Ham, although Pep Guardiola revealed on Tuesday that the £100m man could play some part against Villa.
Prior to Grealish’s injury, he had been enduring a relatively stop-start campaign since his British record move in August.
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Furthermore, he’s off the mark in the Champions League following a fine solo effort against RB Leipzig, his second goal in City colours.
But despite not hitting the ground running, Hatfield reckons that Villa would be happy to see Grealish miss out at Villa Park.
What did Hatfield say about Grealish?
He told GIVEMESPORT: “Villa won’t want to play against him, because he’s one of the brightest talents in the Premier League.”
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Is Grealish likely to start?
It’s been almost three weeks since he last played competitively, and that was the final 27 minutes of England’s World Cup qualifier against Albania last month.
Therefore, Guardiola will be cautious, especially with games coming thick and fast in December.
However, the City manager will know exactly what this fixture means to Grealish and how eager the player himself will be to put on a performance if selected.
Raheem Sterling has been playing in Grealish’s absence and has scored twice in the three games that he’s missed, which won’t help his chances of gaining a start against his boyhood club.
But Guardiola chops and changes his starting XI on a frequent basis, so providing Grealish is fit enough to start, there’s a high chance that he’ll do exactly that.
“Maybe tomorrow Jack and Phil can play but not a lot of minutes, we will see tomorrow,” were Guardiola‘s choice of words ahead of the game, though, so maybe a place on the bench is likelier.