GRE­AL­ISH NEEDS TO GROW UP QUICKLY – ROBERTO

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Chris Bai­ley

JACK GRE­AL­ISH needs to grow up – and quickly – ac­cord­ing to Villa boss Roberto Di Mat­teo, who con­firmed the club were in­ves­ti­gat­ing re­ports of the winger’s in­volve­ment in an all-night party.

Gre­al­ish, who has made eight ap­pear­ances in the Cham­pi­onship this sea­son, is al­leged to have thrown a party in a Birm­ing­ham ho­tel last week­end af­ter Villa’s draw with Ip­swich.

The 21-year-old, who signed a new four-year deal at Villa Park this month, was last year warned by for­mer boss Tim Sher­wood af­ter be­ing pic­tured in­hal­ing ni­trous ox­ide.

This time, West Mid­lands Po­lice con­firmed they at­tended the Park Regis Ho­tel at 7.45am on Sun­day af­ter other guests com­plained about a “rowdy party”, though no ar­rests were made.

Gre­al­ish is yet to be fined or dis­ci­plined, but Di Mat­teo was not shy in dish­ing out some ad­vice to his young star.

“Un­for­tu­nately, it has hap­pened again,” he said. “We ex­pect our play­ers to be­have in a pro­fes­sional man­ner at all times. It is some­thing we don’t tol­er­ate.

“It’s im­por­tant he un­der­stands what he has, and he needs to grow up very quickly.

“It (the in­ves­ti­ga­tion) is still on­go­ing. It’s a tim­ing is­sue and we want to get it right.

“It’s not the first time and he needs to un­der­stand that, if he wants a good ca­reer, he has to stop.”

Villa have won only one of their first eight league games, but Di Mat­teo is con­fi­dent all is not lost in such a com­pet­i­tive league.

“It seems quite bal­anced – any team can beat any team,” he added.

“You can see it with the re­sults over the week­end.

“It doesn’t look like any­one will run away with the Cham­pi­onship this sea­son, which makes it ex­cit­ing for fans.”

PARTY: Jack Gre­al­ish

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