Brian Glanville Gre­al­ish must move up

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In the Pre­mier League, Gre­al­ish’s tal­ents would be recog­nised and a place in the in­ter­na­tional team well within his grasp

In­ter­est­ing to see that the ta­lented mid­fielder Jack Gre­al­ish, still only 23, has signed a new con­tract with As­ton Villa, till now his only club, with the pro­viso that if he wants to leave, then he can.

With nat­u­ral in­side-for­wards, which he un­doubt­edly is, in such piti­fully short sup­ply for Eng­land it would surely be good for the player to move to the Pre­mier League, where his tal­ents would be recog­nised and a place in the in­ter­na­tional team well within his grasp, as ar­guably it might even be now.

Villa are most un­likely to be pro­moted this sea­son and it would surely make sense to see him make the step up, how­ever lu­cra­tive the con­tract he has with Villa.

James Mad­di­son, re­port­edly des­per­ate to play for Eng­land, is now show­ing the at­tack­ing form which sug­gests he is em­phat­i­cally ready to do so. Coven­try-born, he was signed from Nor­wich City in the sum­mer and has made the tran­si­tion to the Pre­mier League with Le­ices­ter City with ease.

One al­most de­spairs of writ­ing about the hugely pre­co­cious Phil Fo­den, the 18-year-old at­tacker con­demned to sit on the Manch­ester City bench while a host of ta­lented for­eign­ers oc­cupy the place that might be his in the top team.

An­other, Ruben Lof­tus-Cheek, stays on the side­lines at Chelsea when, as we well know, he looked good enough for Eng­land when he briefly had his chances in the World Cup.

In that last World Cup, Eng­land did sur­pris­ingly well con­sid­er­ing the play­ers they de­ployed, but the goals they scored came all too of­ten from set-pieces.

We can only hope that ta­lented mid­field­ers who are now in view can get their in­ter­na­tional chance sooner rather than later.

Tal­ent...As­ton Villa’s Jack Gre­al­ish (right)

Form...James Mad­di­son of Le­ices­ter City

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