Following the news that Jack Grealish has signed a new four year deal with Aston Villa Football Club, fans are hoping that Fabian Delph and Ron Vlaar will soon follow suit. Grealish, a product of Aston Villa’s Academy, is one of English football’s brightest young prospects and his ability on the ball is matched by only a few other players. Although he is of Irish decent, Jack still has the option to play for England.

I don’t know about you but I have found the two weeks without Premiership football boring.The international break has been quite bleak and I think most people will agree with that assessment. It feels more like a distraction than a break so I’m sure most people can’t wait untilthe weekend comes around, when everything will be back to normal.

Up next for the Villans are the Toffees. The games against Everton in the last couple of years have been exciting and have usually involved a lot of goals and action. Ashley Young’s last minute winner still ranks highly in my list of highlights from the Randy Lerner era and ever since then I’ve noticed the games against Everton have generally been great to watch for the neutrals; for the fans, they have been torture! The game between the two sides is the most played fixture in League history – a statistic that is repeated by the media every time the two teams meet.

The next couple of weeks are vital. It’s going to be tough but, as I wrote in my last article, there are no easy games in this league. However, there are ‘easier’ games. Our last run of games was one of the toughest I can remember in my time as a Villa fan so I’m looking forward to the next couple of games and I’m quietly confident of getting a few points on the board.

The next couple of games are important because the results of those games could dictate which way our season will go. Will we be looking over our shoulders and fighting off relegation or can we be sitting comfortably in mid-table, looking to get as many points on the board as possible? Could we do the unthinkable and finish in the top half of the table? It’s not too far-fetched, especially with Christian Benteke returning to action and looking like he has really missed playing football. Even though he has been out for a long time, the big man looked in a confident mood if we consider his first touch and winning the ball in aerial duels many times during the Manchester City game almost two weeks ago.

After a solid start to the season, we’ve dropped off the pace a little but that was completely understandable, and expected, considering the teams we had to face. Also, the freak sickness bug that ravaged the squad before (and during) the Arsenal game didn’t help our case nor did Ron Vlaar’s injury.

Grealish is spoken very highly of by Paul Lambert and Roy Keane. The fact that he has signed a new contract can give everyone associated with Aston Villa Football Club a boost that can be transformed into a good performance on the weekend against an Everton side that certainly has not looked defensively sound.

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