After penning a four-year contract extension on Wednesday, Jack Grealish has commited his future to the club that gave him his chance in England’s top flight.

The club may now be outside of the Premier League but showing a desire to bounce straight back up with big spending in the summer transfer window has encouraged the club’s brightest prospect to commit his future to the Midlands giants.

With rumours of Premier League interest during the summer window, it is a huge coup for the club to secure Grealish’s future at the club.

When he broke onto the scene in the FA Cup semi-final victory over Liverpool, he lit up Wembley and made it his arena. That day, Jack Grealish and Christian Benteke were simply superb. Grealish’s influence from attacking midfield was exceptional, especially when he was playing directly against the iconic figure of Steven Gerrard.

Villa fans came away from that game knowing that Grealish had the world at his feet but things have not panned out as expected for Grealish.

Last season was not Grealish’s finest in a Villa shirt but, unlike many of the others involved last season who have now departed, he will still be hurting from what happened to his boyhood team.

He will be the first to admit that he let off the field antics cloud his playing career last season and fans can tell from his start to the 2016-17 season that he is determined to right the wrongs and establish himself as a fans’ favourite again.

Since coming on as a substitute in the opening day defeat to Sheffield Wednesday, Grealish has been an ever present on the left-hand side of midfield, producing some fine individual performances but also proving his worth as a team player.

One of the criticisms that was reportedly fired at him by Roberto Di Matteo was that he did not offer enough defensively. It is plain to see that the England U21 international has taken this on board and since that comment was made Grealish has proven that he is ready to knuckle down and build on the ability that everyone knows he has.

He has already matched his tally from last season, having scored twice. He has also added one assist and has now placed his name at the top of Di Matteo’s list of starters.

The youngster’s level of maturity has improved since he recognised the mistakes he made last year. Today, he celebrates his twenty-first birthday with the world at his feet and the ability to deliver. The future will be bright for Grealish, and hopefully the club, if he can keep up this level of professionalism and remain focused on footballing matters.

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