Jack Grealish would be an ‘incredible’ signing for either Liverpool or Manchester City, according to Robbie Savage. The 25-year-old has five goals and six assists in his nine appearances for Aston Villa this season which has impressed fans and pundits alike.
It also earned Grealish a call-up to the England squad and he was a bright light for Gareth Southgate in the matches against Belgium and Iceland.
Grealish was linked with Manchester United in the summer but stayed put at Villa.
Now Savage thinks the likes of Liverpool or City could spend up to £100million on the midfielder with the January transfer window fast approaching.
The pundit believes playing alongside better players will help Grealish reach even greater heights.
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“He has got to be £100million in this transfer market,” Savage told BT Sport.
“No doubt about it. He has got to be £100 million.
“Imagine him with better players around him as well.
“Imagine him in a Man City team or Liverpool team. Incredible.”
Grealish was unable to help Villa fall to a 2-1 defeat to Brighton in the Premier League yesterday.
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It was a rare quiet afternoon for the England international but Savage is convinced he would be effective for the likes of Liverpool or City.
Former England right-back Paul Parker thinks the hype surrounding Grealish is over the top though.
He told Eurosport: “As a country, we have created this idea of ‘Jack Grealish is going to be the greatest ever English player’. Where has that come from? It’s absolutely ridiculous.
“I just don’t get the hype around him to be perfectly honest. Then you get the ones who come up and say ‘ah, he reminds us of Gazza’.
“Please don’t do that now when you see games against Republic of Ireland and Belgium… when we’re 2-0 down and he’s running around and wants to have around 35 touches to then pass the ball to somebody.
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“Everyone says he gets fouled all the time, but what is a foul and what isn’t a foul? A foul now is only when someone touches you and it throws you to the floor.
“Nine times out of 10 they’re not fouls anymore. At the moment he doesn’t want to show strength – he falls over.
“All of a sudden it’s, ‘that makes him good because everyone wants to foul him’. He has too many touches.
“In today’s football you watch the great midfield players – a lot of them not English – and look how many touches they have. Grealish has five, six and he goes left, right then flicks it back to somebody. You’re left thinking ‘really?’
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“Someone put a stat up about what he’s done and what he’s achieved already and captioned it ‘Andres Iniesta hadn’t done that at his age’. Please don’t go down that road. I don’t know why we keep doing it.
“Now we have him pinned as the one who is going to win England the Euros. He has not played against a decent team.
“As much as Belgium are meant to be the team ranked number one in the world they are poor. You just know in two years time they have got no one coming through.”
Villa return to action against West Ham in the Premier League on Monday, November 30.
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