ASTON VILLA midfielder Jack Grealish can ‘go right to the top’ if he continues to apply himself.
That’s according to his former Villa team-mate John Terry, who says that the 22-year-old reminds him of Paul Gascoigne.
Former England captain Terry took Grealish under his wing during his solitary year at Villa Park last season.
The club came agonisingly close to returning to the Premier League but missed out at the final hurdle, losing to Fulham in the Championship play-off final.
Grealish appeared certain to leave Steve Bruce’s side as a result of the club’s cash flow problems in the wake of the defeat.
“He reminds me of Gazza, with his balance and his skill”
Tottenham hoped to take advantage of their financial uncertainty to nab him for a knockdown price.
However, club owner Dr Tony Xia found new investors in the form of Nassef Sawiris and Wes Eden, and this contributed to Grealish staying.
The midfielder has been one of Bruce’s top performers so far this campaign as they look to go one better.
During his time at Villa, John Terry says he believes he came across a real star in the making in Grealish.
“Jack will be a big, big player,” he told the Daily Mail. “I hope Villa can come up and he gets his chance in the Premier League that way. I can see why Spurs wanted him.
“Right now he’s in the right place. I think he will become a top Premier League star and an England international.
“He reminds me of Gazza, with his balance and his skill, the way he receives the ball and drives at defenders.
“He is looking after himself off the pitch as well. He’s a great lad.
“He eats the right way and got the chef on board at the training ground. He was cooking for Jack there as well as sending him home with the right food.
“That will serve him well. He’s an ambitious boy who will go right to the top if he continues doing the right thing.”
Grealish’s potential has never been in doubt but it was his application and attitude at times that was been questioned by some in the game.
It seems that, although now still only 22, he has matured somewhat and is beginning to realise the opportunity he has to really make his mark in football.
And Chelsea legend Terry’s comments can only be music to his ears.
Terry himself had originally hinted he could return to Villa this season after declaring he still has ‘unfinished business’ at the club.
The defender, who won everything there is to win with the Blues, is currently a free agent.
However, he is now expected to join Spartak Moscow, who are currently second in the Russian Premier League behind rivals Zenit St Petersburg.