Jack Grealish would walk into the current first-teams of Manchester United, Tottenham and Arsenal, believes Aston Villa legend Gabriel Agbonlahor.
His performances have led to calls for him to be called up to Gareth Southgate‘s England squad.
And Agbonlahor, who played 324 league times for the Midlands club, believes Grealish would choose to stay at Villa if they were to avoid relegation.
“It’s a tough one but Villa’s owners have come out and said they want to keep spending,” Agbonlahor told Stadium Astro.
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“This season, they’ve got a squad together, lost a lot of players in the summer – stay up, that’s the only goal, then they’ll go again in the summer.
“If they go down, I think he’ll leave. If they stay up, it could be 50-50. If Villa go out there and spend another £100million maybe…
“If they go out and spend, he’s getting better players around him. I know him, he won’t want to leave. He’s the captain.”
The 33-year-old added that he feels Grealish would be ideally suited to the likes of Manchester United and Tottenham, with both clubs struggling for creativity in the middle of the park throughout the campaign.
“Man United, Villa might say, ‘You know what, it’s going to cost you £70m.’ I think Man United pay it,” the former striker said. “He’d walk into that side, they’re missing that creativity.
“Tottenham he walks straight into, Arsenal side he walks straight into. I don’t think you can compare [Giovani] Lo Celso with Jack, how Jack’s playing, they’re different qualities he’s got to these sort of players.
“I just think he could fit into those teams. But I don’t think he wants to leave Villa. Villa are a massive club, big history, if they can get the right players in the summer, he’s the captain, the team will be built around him. There’s some times you don’t want to leave.
“I think he walks into that United side, you’ve seen the troubles with [Jesse] Lingard, [Juan] Mata. But I just think Villa aren’t going to want to sell him no matter what.”
Jack Grealish would walk into the current first-teams of Manchester United, Tottenham and Arsenal, believes Aston Villa legend Gabriel Agbonlahor. The 24-year-old has been Villa’s most important player on their return to the Premier League this season, netting six goals and adding five assists in 20 appearances. Unsurprisingly, his red-hot form has seen interest mount […]