Marcelo Bielsa has delivered a glowing verdict on Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish as Leeds United prepare for their trip to the Midlands on Friday Night in the Premier League.
Since returning to the Premier League, Leeds have managed to catch the eye of the vast majority of neutrals who have seen us as a ‘breath of fresh air’ to the division, but somehow, Aston Villa’s start to the campaign hasn’t received as much praise as you’d expect them to have.
So far, Dean Smith’s men have won all four of their opening fixtures, including a 7-2 demolition of champions Liverpool.
A win against Leeds on Friday night would see the Villans climb to the summit of the Premier League, ahead of Everton who play later in the weekend.
Starring for Villa since their promotion in 2018/19 has been attacking midfielder Jack Grealish, despite the constant divided opinions on him.
Winning fouls in key areas and gaining priceless territory for his side, Grealish has managed to add much more efficiency to his game since his return to the top flight, becoming one of the most potent players in his position for creating chances.
He poses the most significant threat to Leeds on Friday night and Marcelo Bielsa is well-versed with his abilities, having faced-off with him on two occasions now.
Speaking in his pre-match press conference ahead of the clash at Villa Park, Bielsa commented specifically on Grealish’s current form, and how it stands him in good stead for the future. He stated (via BirminghamLive): “He’s a very good player. It’s normal for a player once he’s been called up for the national team that he’s going to be confident and grow.”
Leeds fans in particular have it in for Grealish because of his antics of going to ground often, but you cannot deny his creative abilities, which he’s now proving alongside Phillips at international level.
If we’re to get a result at Villa tomorrow night, we need to stifle his creativity in key areas, otherwise we could be in for a long night.
They’ve shown their credentials this season after struggling last, and credit has to go to Dean Smith for creating a much more balanced outfit in all areas of the pitch.
Building a team around Grealish was always going to be the model for Villa, but it’s worked a charm so far this season and it’s no surprise that their refines system is bearing fruit.