When is it time to throw Jack Grealish into the mix?

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Another game has gone by without Jack Grealish making an appearance. If you were Lambert, would you have brought Grealish on during the game against Southampton? When is the best time to throw Jack Grealish back into the mix?

Last night’s game against Southampton saw the Villans lack creativity and Paul Lambert’s main focus was on hitting the Saints on the break. The counter-attack worked, as the Southampton team was full of players who want to play football on the ground and so Ronald Koeman will commit numbers forward. Agbonlahor’s main aim was just to run at Fonte and Alderweireld. This tactic worked when he chased down a clearance from Ciaran Clark, which caught Forster out and meant that the pacey striker was given the gift of an open goal.

As time went on, however, it was evident that there was no creativity in the Villa side, especially on the wings; this is where Jack Grealish could have offered a helping hand.

Charles N’Zogbia failed to impress against Southampton, as the French winger lacked composure on the ball and often ran into danger. Sadly, we did not see the N’Zogbia who was on show against Tottenham, when the winger never gave Danny Rose a moment’s rest.

Last season, Jack Grealish was a bright spark for Notts County. He was able to breeze past opponents in League One but his quality is yet to be really tested in the Premier league so his true quality remains a mystery. Lambert would be able to use this to the team’s advantage: Grealish would offer fresh legs and would bring fearlessness, shown during the Hull game at the start of the season as he skipped past the Hull defenders but also got a kicking for his troubles, to our game.

Paul Lambert may be saving the winger from burnout, which was the problem with Raheem Sterling in his breakthrough season. It is also a bit extreme for fans to be calling Grealish a saviour, as it does heap unnecessary pressure on the youngster. The lad does have exceptional talent and if he fulfils his potential he will certainly be a good player but young players who have been hyped often lose their way. Freddie Sears, who once played for West Ham and now plays for Colchester United, is an example of this happening.

 

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  1. Think you’ve summed up Lambert’s quandry about when to play young Jack. Maybe he should have replaced the erratic Nzogbia, certainly he would have increased the pressure on Saints defence, but it seemed there was a greater need for defence as Saints, like many teams of late, piled on the pressure in the hope that tiring Villa players would start to leak goals.

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