Tottenham Hotspur legend Ledley King raves about Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish
England kicked off their European Championship campaign with a clash against Croatia on Sunday and Aston Villa talisman Jack Grealish has been widely tipped to play a leading role for the Three Lions at the tournament.
Coach Gareth Southgate has yet to confirm whether he will include the attacking midfielder in his starting XI, but Tottenham Hotspur manager Ledley King would not hesitate to do so if he had what ‘he wanted.
The former England international center-back has revealed he is a big fan of the Villa star, congratulating him ahead of the Euro.
“I’m a big, big fan of Jack Grealish, Mason Mount and Phil Foden, but I don’t know how Gareth Southgate fits them all into the team!” King told Standard Sport.
“Grealish reminds me of Gazza – that arrogance, that confidence. He doesn’t let go of the ball if he doesn’t find the best option.
“It’s something I love – it doesn’t come out for fun. That’s why he gets so dirty – he’s always waiting for the best option.
Grealish was in inspired form during the Premier League campaign before injury struck, scoring six goals and assisting 10 assists in 26 games.
While King believes Southgate could have a selection headache, his former Spurs boss Jose Mourinho has urged the Three Lions boss to play the skipper of Villa in his preferred position – the left side of the attack.
The Portuguese want Foden on the other wing and Mount playing in the middle behind Harry Kane.
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Such an offensive formation would certainly provide a lot of scoring chances given the level of creativity of the quartet, but Southgate has the final say and will likely have other ideas.
Whatever formation and game plan England deploys, Grealish should be crucial to their success, and all Villa fans are hoping he will prove his critics wrong on one of football’s biggest stages. .
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