The injury that has affected the start of Jack Grealish’s season is a massive blow for the midfielder and his Aston Villa career.
Many would have been disappointed by Grealish last season and I am pretty sure if you had the chance to ask the Solihull born midfielder, he would have expected more from himself.
The 21-year-old managed just 20 appearances and 3 goals last season.
He has seen the likes of Andre Green overtake him in terms of career progression and away from Villa Park, you only have to look at Deli Alli at Tottenham. Both were playing at a similar level just a few years ago.
The club announced on Monday that Grealish will miss the opening 2-3 months of the season with a Kidney injury.
I feel that we lack a real number 10 and have been calling for Grealish to play there instead of out wide so I am sure you can imagine how pleased I was when he was picked in that position behind Gabby Agbonlahor against Watford last weekend.
I thought he did pretty well as well and the team looked really well balanced. He didn’t really do anything spectacular but you could see we missed him once he went off with his injury.
A lot of people say that both Henri Lansbury and Conor Hourihane need to play in more advanced positions but I have yet to see anything from either in a Villa shirt to suggest they are the answer to someone playing off the striker.
This could mean that Steve Bruce will either look to change the formation or look to bring someone in before deadline day to play in that role.
Aston Villa can’t afford to wait for Grealish to get fit and once fit if he doesn’t stake a claim for a starting position quite quickly he may be forced to seek a new adventure away from Villa Park for the sake of his career.
Jack needed a good start to this season and I really fear he may have, through no fault of his own, put the final nail in the coffin on his Aston Villa career. I for one hope I am wrong and we see him succeed in a Villa shirt.