He’s got the swagger. He’s got the calves. He’s got that special blend of breathtaking ability and jack-the-lad charm that makes him one of the most outstanding talents of his generation.
Now, having recently broken into the England national team and having made a €120 million move to Manchester City, Jack Grealish stands on the verge of becoming a global superstar. After finding himself playing for a club that can match his ambitions, as well as a national team packed full of exciting talent, trophies are surely just around the corner.
Player profile: Style of play
Grealish plays with a spirit that people often compare to ‘playground football’ – that style of play that captures the youthful enthusiasm and fearlessness of the school playground. When he runs with the ball, it sticks to his feet, making him extremely hard to tackle.
In fact, it’s one of the reasons he’s one of the most fouled players in the game. Grealish has feet so quick that it’s almost impossible for defenders to take the ball off of him. So, they usually end up tripping him or knocking him to the ground instead.
His favourite position is as a left winger or attacking midfielder, regularly cutting in onto his preferred right foot to cause havoc and cut open opposition defences at will. The sight of Grealish, with socks rolled down, zigzagging at defences, is one of the best sights in modern football.
Professional football career
Despite his outstanding talent being obvious from an early age, Grealish has spent a lot of his career playing outside of the Premier League. While it’s been a slow rise to the top for, playing in a lower division has helped to shape his game in a positive way.
He’s overcome various injuries and setbacks, giving him a steel beneath the flair that makes him such a standout player.
Jack Grealish joined Aston Villa at the age of six, progressing through the youth ranks to become the club’s icon. After making a few Premier League appearances as a teenager between 2014 and 2016, Villa were relegated. Grealish became a key player over the next three seasons, earning his reputation in the Championship and inspiring Villa to promotion in 2019.
His performances in the Premier League soon caught the eye, particularly his starring role in Aston Villa’s 7-2 demolition of Liverpool in 2020.
After eight seasons at boyhood club Aston Villa, Grealish made his big money move to Man City for the highest fee ever paid for an English player. While he didn’t quite hit the ground running, Grealish has now settled into a team that plays with a very different style and philosophy.
Instead of being the star, as he was at Villa, Grealish is one of many incredibly talented players at City. Alternating between his favoured left wing position and as a ‘false 9’, he is showing signs of taking his game to a different level. (Read our Manchester City betting predictions & odds – Jack Grealish’s current team.)
England National Football Team
For the past couple of years, an increasing number of fans have been calling for Jack Grealish to be included in the starting lineup of the England team. Gareth Southgate finally handed Grealish his England debut in 2020, although it took a while for him to establish himself as a regular.
Even at Euro 2020, when England made it to the final, Grealish was often left out of the side. In a team packed with flair players, Southgate is tasked with finding the right balance. If he does, Grealish could become an integral part of the England national team and could even help them to their first World Cup win since 1966.
Jack Grealish: Stats
During the course of the 2019/2020 season, Grealish’s dribbles came to a combined distance of 14.1km – more than any other player in Europe that season.
In the 2020/2021 season, his incredible ball control led to him being the most fouled player in the Premier League. In fact, with a total of 110 fouls against (4.23 per match) he was the most fouled player in Europe.
Meanwhile, during the 2020/2021 season he was 2nd placed for most key passes in the division and 5th placed for most key passes in the whole of Europe. He was also 5th in the Premier League for assists that season.