Aston Villa are dearly lacking the affect of Jack Grealish and are ‘not the identical’ with out their talisman, Tony Cascarino believes.
Grealish has been excellent for Villa this time period having netted ten targets and added six assists in 22 Premier League matches.
Nonetheless, Dean Smith’s star man has been sidelined with a shin grievance in current weeks which has hindered Villa’s surge for a European spot.
talkSPORT pundit Cascarino believes the 25-year-old’s absence reveals simply how reliant Villa have turn out to be on him.
‘They’re a membership the place their greatest participant is so necessary,” mentioned the Weekend Sports activities Breakfast host.
“Jack Grealish makes an unimaginable distinction to them they’ve missed him immensely – greater than some other membership.
“Wilfried Zaha is analogous, Crystal Palace are by no means fairly pretty much as good with out him however Grealish is on the high of the record.
“Simply have a look at his assists, it makes a large distinction for Ollie Watkins or whoever is up there.
“He makes issues occur for Villa and so they’ve missed him enormously.”
Villa boss Dean Smith allayed fears that Grealish will miss the remainder of the marketing campaign a number of weeks ag, however mentioned he could possibly be a doubt for Euro 2020.
Gareth Southgate resulting from title his now expanded England squad this month, after UEFA gave the inexperienced mild for nations to call 26-man squads on the rearranged European Championship this summer time.
“Myself and Jack had been fairly optimistic to get him again a bit prior to he in all probability ought to and he’s had a setback that may in all probability put him again a few weeks,” disclosed Smith.
“He was actually good in coaching, however he couldn’t tolerate the loading. It’s a loading harm and we now have to de-load him over the following few weeks and get him again from there.
“We all know it’s not a long-term harm and he can be again.
“All of us, Jack included, in all probability pushed him again somewhat bit too rapidly. He wished to get again, we wished him to get again and he had somewhat setback.
Smith added of his England’s Euro 2020 hopes: “He’s proved himself already however the one factor for sure is he can be again earlier than the top of the season, after which Gareth [Southgate] has to decide whether or not he thinks he’s proper for that.
“He has performed 20-odd video games this season so all people has a good suggestion of what his type is and what he’s about.”