‘When Jack Grealish is on the ball I just see Lionel Messi with an ideal foot’
The kudos keep rolling in for Aston Villa star Jack Grealish.
The 25-year-old has actually emerged as among the most constant attacking gamers in the Premier League considering that Villa returned to the top flight in 2019, earning admirers for his devilish design of dribbling and match-winning quality.
Couple of gamers come close to him in English football today, and his form has actually triggered vociferous calls for Gareth Southgate to begin him regularly at global level.
His imperious design of play has drawn parallels with Three Lions legend Paul Gascoigne, but his Rental property colleague Emiliano Martinez has taken the buzz to a new level by comparing him to perhaps the biggest footballer of perpetuity.
Indeed, while talking to talkSPORT on Friday, Martinez claimed that there are tones of Lionel Messi in Grealish’s capability to command respect from the opposition and use protectors like cones to dribble past.
” He’s the most skilled gamer I have actually ever seen. He just never ever provides the ball away.
” I catch a cross and I see Grealish running. I say, it’s a shot on target, or it’s a corner for, not against. He’ll drive past 2, three players. I see Messi with the best foot when he’s on the ball.
” You can’t get the ball off him and I believe he’s the most talented English gamer. I marvel that he doesn’t play many video games for England.
” Messi is Messi, he’s the very best ever. But in terms of training, when Jack is on the ball people don’t wish to tackle him, they appreciate him on the ball. He can finish, he can slice, he can do everything and Messi is the same.
” I can see in the national team when I train with Messi, no one wants to touch him, he chops people, he uses individuals like cones.
” I see that with Jack here (Villa) which’s why I compare him a bit.”
It’s practically as if the media has an issue with overhyping English gamers.
During a week in which Phil Foden has been hailed as the second-coming, Martinez has remained on brand name with arguably the highest compliment you can pay a professional footballer.
In fairness to Martinez, he has actually played with both gamers and his analysis is plainly routed in real observation.
The contrast speaks to how highly Grealish is thought about behind the scenes at Vacation home having scored seven goals and assisted 12 this season.
If he brings this abundant vein of form into the postponed Euro 2020 tournament, it might not be too long prior to the Messi comparison catches on.