“Jack Grealish deserves his England chance. But he plays like a school captain and might have to leave Aston Villa to progress his career.”
That’s the view of formerVillastar Paul Merson, who feels that for the good of his international hopes, he needs to seal a move this summer.
After a stunning season for Villa, the 24-year-old earned his maiden international call-up last week, with Gareth Southgate picking him for the games vs Iceland and Denmark.
Grealish’s selection is one that many Villa fans hope to persuade the skipper to stay in B6, despite extensive links with Manchester United.
But Merson, writing in hisDaily Starcolumn has urged Grealish to move on, so he can begin to play in a different style.
He added: “At Villa he’s trying to play like the school captain. To take it all on himself. I don’t think he trusts his team-mates there, and it’s probably hurt his England chances.
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“At a bigger club he would have to adapt. He would find a position and fit into a system and trust his team-mates because they would be on his wavelength. I think he’s a No 10. But in a few years’ time he might become something else.
“If he doesn’t move on he could be there for a long time. But he’ll get frustrated trying to finish 17th every season.”
United’s purchase of Donny Van de Beek means a move for Grealish to Old Trafford now looks unlikely. And Merson has slammed the decision to sign the Ajax star, hinting that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should not be looking at midfield players.
“Donny Van de Beek looks like a panic buy at