Tomorrow sees the Second City Derby take centre stage for both Aston Villa and their rivals Birmingham City. These games are usually tight, edgy and nervy for both sets of players and fans. They also mean the world to the likes of Jack Grealish.
A player and a life long fan of Villa, Grealish has shown an array of talents since his breakthrough season in 2015. Pace, trickery and a desire to run at defenders have all been staple attributes for the young midfielder.
Unfortunately, the demise of the Randy Lerner era and subsequent relegation mixed with numerous negative headlines made for a difficult time for the home grown talent.
The hype and expectancy looked to be draining away yet recently things appear to be finally clicking together and the Villa faithful are starting to see the real Grealish.
Strength and maturity in his play have replaced the knocks off the ball and over applied skill. Grealish is showing an attitude to fight for every ball and drive the team forwards.
Tomorrow will be a big test of his demeanour as he will be harassed and targeted from the kick off. We’ve seen Grealish react before resulting in red cards. Hopefully, this won’t be the case tomorrow as it would have an impact upon the game but also could affect the next few weeks in an ever increasingly important period.
Whilst talking about maturity, it is something that will be needed in abundance tomorrow by all. A professional performance is the key to getting the result we all crave.
Despite recent form it is still too easy to expect a win but it’s not unreasonable at all to say that we should win if we are professional and organised. The fact is the league table indicates the gap and Villa will have to be at their best as Birmingham City will undoubtedly be going all out to continue their own upturn in form themselves.