Harry: Jack could go if Villa miss out

Birmingham Post - - SPORT -

HARRY Red­knapp is con­vinced Jack Gre­al­ish could play for Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur and warned As­ton Villa they risk los­ing their tal­is­man if they miss out on pro­mo­tion again.

Gre­al­ish, 23, was the sub­ject of in­tense spec­u­la­tion dur­ing the sum­mer with Spurs boss Mauri­cio Pochet­tino un­der­stood to be a keen ad­mirer.

How­ever, the club didn’t make their move early enough in the trans­fer win­dow and their late at­tempts to snare Gre­al­ish were re­buffed by Villa own­ers Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens.

Gre­al­ish has since signed a new five-year con­tract at Villa Park and has started all 15 of Villa’s Cham­pi­onship games this sea­son.

His lat­est out­ing came in the 1-0 de­feat at QPR last Fri­day.

But Red­knapp, who was at Lof­tus Road, was im­pressed with Villa’s No.10.

“I looked at Villa and thought what a great young player Gre­al­ish is,” he said. “He’s a mag­nif­i­cent young tal­ent. No dis­re­spect to As­ton Villa, if they man­age to get up there, great, but he re­ally needs to be play­ing in the Pre­mier League.”

Could he play for Spurs, though? “Def­i­nitely,” Red­knapp added. “I sat and watched him again on Fri­day night and he just wants to get on the ball. He’s a great foot­baller.”

For­mer Villa striker Gabby Ag­bon­la­hor has likened star Gre­al­ish’s play­ing style to that of Barcelona leg­end An­dres Ini­esta.

The ex-for­ward, who left the club in the sum­mer af­ter 13 sea­sons, re­cently ap­peared on The Kick Off with pop­u­lar YouTube star The True Ge­ordie.

“For me, in terms of nat­u­ral tal­ent, he’s one of the best I’ve played with through­out my ca­reer,” Ag­bon­la­hor said.

“The way he glides past play­ers is sim­i­lar to Ini­esta. You think you can tackle him, but he just runs past you in slow mo­tion al­most. He’s a great player and he’s go­ing to have a great ca­reer.”

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