After a steady, if not sensational, start to his loan spell, I’ve been delighted to see how well young winger Jack Grealish has been doing recently at League One side Notts County. The eighteen-year-old has now scored four goals in twenty-one appearances for Shaun Derry’s Magpies and he has turned in some terrific performances of late.

No matter how well he’s done, I strongly disagree with anyone who thinks he should be brought back and thrown into Villa’s first team. Grealish is a fantastic talent and, given time, he will go on to be a star for Aston Villa; I have no doubts about that. However, he’s still eighteen years old and only reached adulthood in September.

Personally, I’d like to see Grealish finish the season with Notts County in accordance with the extension of his loan agreement, continuing to play games at that level, building his confidence and gaining experience as he adapts to the professional game. His loan spell there will enable him to get used to being kicked and roughed up.

Then, next season, depending on how he performs for Villa in pre-season, I wouldn’t mind seeing him venture out on loan to a Championship club for a few months, building on the valuable experience gained in League One and getting match practice.

In January next season, the staff at Aston Villa would then be in a better position to assess Grealish’s progress and decide how well equipped he is, mentally and physically, for the demands of the Premier League. If he’s deemed ready then he will have earned his shot.

I firmly believe that bringing Grealish back to Villa soon would prove to be a premature move. His confidence will be sky high at the moment and he’s really making himself known in League One so why bring him back when the likelihood is he would struggle in the Premier League? I know I can’t say that for sure but the chances are high, aren’t they? It took him several games to get into his stride at Notts County in League One so I see no reason to bring him back to warm the bench in B6 as that move could hinder his progress and knock his confidence.

Many fear that Grealish is just another over-hyped youngster who received rave reviews at Youth level but I believe that in years to come Jack Grealish will be a big star for Aston Villa because he really is a great prospect. Nevertheless, as yet, a prospect is all that Grealish is and he needs to be given time to progress and mature properly. I’d hate to see him rushed and his talent wasted.


  1. I disagree. Michael Owen, Wayne Rooney and a shed load more played Premier League football when they were just 18, without a series of loan spells. This guy is mature enough and talented enough to make it. look at Adnan Januzaj at Man Utd as well. The failure to bring these players in early is ongoing and the reason why they don’t mature quickly. MON was the big guilty party bringing in carthorses like Richard Dunne and James Collins.

  2. I’m with you Adz. Leave him where he is and let him carry on learning the game in an environment where he appears to be very happy. We need to get more of our Nextgen kids out on loan playing proper football. Johnson, Burke, Drennan, Johnson and possibly Graham and Siegrist should all be out on loan as far as I am concerned, tasting the real thing.

    To compare to Rooney is ridiculous – he was a boy but had a man’s body at a very young age. Michael Owen played early and his pace carried him through but I believe that this was probably a major contributant to why he also finished so early.

    We have enough youth in the first team at the minute and need a few more grey hairs not more kids. Like Grealish, I am really looking forward to Caruthers coming back in in 6-12 months and plugging that no. 10 gap of which we are all so acutely aware!

  3. NO way on earth should he come back from loan.

    THe biggest difference between Owen/Rooney and Grealish is that they both played week in week out and the chances of Grealish being anything more than a sub are slim. He’s far better off playing match after match than sitting on the bench cos he won’t learn anything there.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here