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Re: Jack Grealish
« Reply #11595 on: September 10, 2019, 10:03:20 AM »
In 4 matches
Mins per chance created :45
Fouls won: 13

Total touches :229
Final Third Touches :85
Penalty Area Touches:7
Minutes touch ball :1.6
Grealish minutes per penalty box touch is 54.1

Passes:
He's played a total 155 passes.  132 he made , were successful, in opposition half.
49 passes made final third

Shots:6
3 off target 3 Blocked.
Shots on target 0
Shots per game 1.5
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« Reply #11596 on: September 13, 2019, 06:51:22 PM »
Anyone signed up to The Athletic able to post his interview?

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« Reply #11597 on: September 13, 2019, 11:41:47 PM »
From Gregg Evans of The Athletic

It is Jack Grealish’s 24th birthday, but instead of sneaking out early for fun, games and cake, he’s one of the final few to leave Aston Villa’s Bodymoor Heath training complex.

Topped up with a Saint Tropez tan, and sporting blond highlights in his slicked-back hair, the Villa captain certainly looks the part.

But by his own admission, his performances in the early stages of this Premier League campaign are yet to match up. He’s not scored a goal and has provided only one assist as promoted Villa started the season with three points from their first four matches. So until he reaches the heights many — himself included — expect him to hit, there will be no celebrating.

“I know what I can produce and I know the level I can get to,” he insists as we begin make our way through to one of the media rooms at Villa’s base, nine miles northeast of Villa Park. “There’s so much more to come from me. I’ve got at least another few gears to go up yet.”

Grealish is seeking a stand-out display to really announce himself back in the top flight and made a point of putting in the hours during September’s international break.

He also reserved time to offer some unique insight into his career during an exclusive interview with The Athletic, in which he discusses the game that made him cry, the secret behind his wonder goals, a particularly strange Championship opponent, and what it really feels like to be the most-fouled player in a division.

We arrived armed with a laptop and a collection of clips highlighting noteworthy moments from Grealish’s career, lovingly compiled with the help of Wyscout, the online video analysis platform.

The idea is for him to talk us through the moments that have shaped his career and illustrate his journey from teen prodigy to Villa captain.
First up, a look back to his days as a fresh-faced teenager on loan at Notts County during the 2013-14 season, reminds the midfielder how far he has progressed in the past six years.

On his debut against MK Dons, Grealish was clattered by a former Villa youth-team friend, Samir Carruthers, just nanoseconds after his first touch in professional football. It set the tone for years of individual targeting from opponents who regularly identify Grealish as Villa’s danger man.

“I think he’s just showing off in front of his manager!” he laughs he looks back at the clip, squinting as if to verify it really was his former clubmate who doled out the rough stuff.

“I let him off with that one, he’s a good guy,” Grealish chuckles.

That unfortunate knack for getting clobbered isn’t the only thread to run through his entire career. Grealish has always had a very direct approach, a habit of breaking from midfield at pace with the quick feet and strength to hold off challenges. Only now, his decision-making at the end of it all is much, much better.

A look back to his first start in senior football illustrates as much.

On his full debut, against Leyton Orient, he charged from the centre-circle to the opposition box almost replicating his purposeful, driving run in the dying stages of Villa’s recent controversial defeat by Crystal Palace.

He was able to find the pass that would have led to Villa’s equaliser at Selhurst were it not for the questionable intervention of referee Kevin Friend, but at Orient, a young and inexperienced Grealish dwelled too long on the ball, failing to either shoot or find a team-mate, and the move eventually broke down.
“My eyes lit up,” he says with a smirk as he watches himself back six years on. “I went on a bit of a run and I was probably thinking if I scored it would be goal of the month! I’d just turned 18, so I think that was quite normal. I was young, wasn’t I?

“That’s actually my favourite position to pick the ball up,” he nods towards the screen. “When I’m behind the midfield and running at the defence.”

At this point, manager Dean Smith, having been the subject of an interview of his own in the next room, sticks his head round the door.

“What are you up to?” he asks his star man with a smirk.

“I’m running them through all my goals,” says Grealish.

“All six of them?!” Smith jokes.

In fact, Grealish has 20 goals to his name to date, the first coming three months and 13 matches into that stint with County. He scored his first goal in senior football in a 3-1 win over Gillingham. The setting may not have been particularly glamorous, but the celebrations were as heart-warming as the strike was spectacular.

Dancing past four defenders, Grealish blasted home from 12 yards, before making a beeline to the stand at Meadow Lane where his father, Kevin, was positioned with arms wide open.
“What a moment that was,” he says with a huge grin. “My dad loves it.

“I actually can’t thank him enough. When I started out in the under-eights I remember he used to watch the Villa on the Saturday and then come to watch me on the Sunday. Sometimes he’d be a little bit hungover but that wouldn’t stop him!

“I’d always be in the car with him while the other lads were on the bus. He wanted to watch every game, regardless of where I was playing. It’s never changed.

“When the gaffer told me I was captain last season, I ran out on the training ground and called him straight away. I said, ‘You never guess what, I’m Villa captain!’ He was so happy for me.”

Embracing and enjoying those magical family moments is something Grealish has learned to cherish as he’s matured.

It used to get too much for him, like during the FA Cup semi-final win over Liverpool when he announced himself on the global stage with a man-of-the-match performance at Wembley.

“’I’ve not said this before, but it was the most emotional I’ve ever been after a game,” he told The Athletic. “I went into the showers on my own and started crying. I was 19, so I was a bit shy. I felt like I had to hide away from my team-mates and let it all out.

“That feeling, when it had all sunk in, going up to see my mum and dad after at Wembley was amazing. They told me that they were so proud of me and I’ll never forget that.”

Seasoned and experienced, Grealish is now Villa’s leader and a player capable of producing moments of magic. In training this week, assistant manager John Terry told him that his driving runs from midfield are as good as he’s ever seen from an Englishman. Smith also regularly explains why he believes Grealish is one of the best players he’s ever worked with.

But the level of detail that goes into his day-to-day work is largely unknown. This isn’t the first time Grealish has studied the game on a laptop screen.

“I always know who I’m coming up against and what type of player he is going to be,” he says. “I’ll find out whether the opposition midfielders like to lunge in or sit back. So much work goes into the preparation. We have clips of every single player available to watch, and it’s not just one or two — it could be hundreds.

“Certain players just watch a little bit of football — not me, I watch everything. When I’m at home, no matter what game is on, I will watch it. Ask me about any player and I’ll know all about him.

“I know in advance the player I’m coming up against in the next game, whether they will be strong, fast, easy to get at, technically good or bad… If I’m up against a fast, strong player, I change my game. I move it quicker and play one-twos to get around him.

“I back myself against any player but I know I need to adapt sometimes. For example, N’Golo Kante is fast and energetic and in your face. I’d approach a game against him a bit differently. Jefferson Lerma for Bournemouth the other week was very much in my face, too.

“But there will be players — who I’m not going to name — that I believe I can get the better of.”

Grealish is determined to prove that he is capable of cutting it in the Premier League once again.

He outclassed the Championship, finishing in last season’s Team of the Season, and is ready to try and do the same at the top level. Already, though, he’s noticed the huge gulf in class, admitting that “every mistake is punished” including his one at Tottenham on the opening day of the season.

“Our team just couldn’t keep hold of the ball so I tried to take responsibility,” he said. “I did it on two other occasions, successfully, but the third time I got caught. I rarely give the ball away so I accepted it was my fault.”

Grealish had attempted to dribble the ball out of his own penalty area, with the game delicately poised at 1-1. He was promptly dispossessed by Erik Lamela, whose blocked shot fell to Harry Kane. The England striker put Spurs ahead, and from there, Villa could find no way back.
“But, in general. I haven’t taken enough risks so far, and I need to start doing it again. That’s when I’m at my best — playing off the cuff, with freedom and not thinking too much, but of course, in the right areas and at the right time.”

Last season, he was the most-fouled player in the Championship — being on the receiving end of 161 fouls (or at least, 161 fouls that were spotted by the referee) put him 45 ahead of the any other player.

“And that’s after missing half the season through injury!” he is at pains to point out.

Forty-nine of those fouls were in Villa’s attacking third, and seven came in April’s feisty draw at Leeds, where Kalvin Phillips, subsequently a summer target for Villa, made it his sole aim to knock Grealish out of his stride.

“He told me after the game that all he wanted to do was stop me,” Grealish said. “It doesn’t bother me. I actually like getting kicked.”

He pauses, the smile dropping from his face momentarily.

“But, to be honest, I hated that Leeds game. For some reason the fans hate me up there.”

Grealish asks The Athletic five times to replay a clip of a full-blooded challenge from Leeds’ Liam Cooper that resulted in a booking for the Scottish defender.

“It was the worst tackle I’ve ever had on me, even if it probably wasn’t even a foul,” Grealish says. “When I say the worst tackle, I mean… I’m just lucky I’ve got flexible ankles. The doctor was saying to me that any other player would have broken their ankle after that challenge.

“He wins the ball but if you watch what happens after, he comes through me and takes me out. I’m so lucky not to be seriously injured.
“I had to go to the PFA Awards that night all strapped up. I certainly got away with one there.

“It was a good night in the end because I received the recognition from my fellow professionals by getting in the Championship Team of the Season.”

Despite his sometimes exaggerated reactions to heavy challenges, Grealish insists he’s always in control of his emotions.

“I’m never actually angry [with heavy challenges],” he says. “What does make me angry is when players do things off the ball.”

Which brings us on to one of the more “weird” encounters he’s found himself involved in as a footballer.

During last season’s battles with Rotherham, their midfielder Will Vaulks — now at Cardiff — adopted a different approach to putting Grealish off his game.

“He kept telling me I was sexy!” Grealish says, with a confused look on his face. “It happened a few times. Weird!

“I was actually warned about him — apparently he’d done something similar to Mason Mount at Derby the week before. He tried the off-the-ball stuff, like standing on my toes. He didn’t do it hard, but he was just trying to put me off.”

Clearly, it didn’t work as Grealish scored one of his greatest goals to date in the 2-1 away win against the Millers to set Villa on their way to promotion.

His face lights up when our highlight reel gets to this particular goal.
Collecting the ball in his own half, he strides forward, holds off the challenge of three players — one of them is Vaulks — then plays a neat one-two with Neil Taylor to set him on his way.

Grealish takes up the story from there.

“Look at that defender coming out to me. I don’t care how fast he is, he can be Adama Traore, but he is not getting me if I knock it past him. All that is going through my head is, ‘I’m running past you’.

“Most of the time I wouldn’t necessarily expect to get it back, but when I noticed that it was Elmo [Ahmed Elmohamady], I thought different. I love playing with Elmo because every time I say, ‘Give me the ball’, he does!

“The manager loves him because he’s such a good pro — you know you can rely on him.

“Obviously he passes it back to me and I score, bang!”

Volleys against Cardiff in 2018 and Derby on his return from injury in March are also well remembered.

“JT [John Terry] plays a game with us in training where he pings balls to us on the edge of the D,” Grealish says. “You get two touches, one to control and one to shoot, but if the ball goes out of the D, you’re out.

“In the Cardiff game the ball came out to me and I just thought, ‘I’m going for it.’”

He starts laughing when he watches his goal against Derby.

His brilliant 20-yard volley from a Glenn Whelan corner marked a return to the team after three months out; it was also his first game as captain; and the 4-0 win was the first of Villa’s record-breaking 10-game winning run.

But there’s more to this goal. All of a sudden, Grealish is like a naughty schoolboy in the classroom.

“In training the day before, we had planned something a bit different,” he explains.

“Cutts [Neil Cutler, the goalkeeper and set-piece coach] wanted all of our defenders to run forward towards the corner taker and then for me to run around the back and volley it from here” — Grealish points to the right-hand side of the box on the screen — “I decided a different approach would be better, so I asked Whelo to put it on the edge of the box to me instead.

“The thing is, I only told him and Albert Adomah — I let the rest of the team stick to the original plan! Albert then runs out of his position to clear some space for me, the rest of the lads do the normal job they’ve been told to do, and then the ball falls to me.

“It couldn’t have gone any better — the only thing I regret is not running over to thank Whelo!”

Improvisation and tactical on-field tweaks are common in football. Liverpool showed that on countless occasions last term, most notably in the epic Champions League semi-final win over Barcelona at Anfield, when Trent Alexander-Arnold’s quick-thinking from a corner resulted in the decisive goal of the tie.

Still, Grealish’s most celebrated strike of last term came at Birmingham, where he scored the only goal in a crucial 1-0 derby win at St Andrew’s.
Although he didn’t execute the strike perfectly, he believes this is an area of strength and one he should really bring him more goals.

“I like to be in this position,” he says, staring intently at the screen as the clip shows him getting into his favoured spot on the edge of the box, just wide of the left-hand post. “I’m good at shooting across the goalkeeper. Usually in training, I move it onto my left foot and smash it in. I’ve got that!

“But against Blues it wasn’t a perfect hit. Really, all I wanted was one touch to get it out of my feet, then smash. I ended up taking an extra touch but I actually think that helped me because it meant [Birmingham keeper] Lee Camp went down early, expecting me to shoot. It was the best feeling of my life when it went in.

“I remember as a kid, playing with my best friend, Charlie West. He’s a Blues fan and I used to love going round to his house when I was little. He had a nice garden with goal nets and we would always play Villa vs Blues with our kits on. He used to get his brother to be on his side to try and stop me because I was better than him!

“Playing in the derby is just like a grown-up version of that for me, really.”

Turning out on the big stage, in high-pressure moments, is where Grealish now thrives.

To many onlookers he was a surprise name on the list of penalty-takers when Villa beat rivals West Brom in the memorable play-off semi-final shoot-out victory in May. Coolly tucking his spot-kick away, he showed nerves of steel, but tells The Athletic he had been doing that for years behind the scenes.

“I’d always back myself to score a penalty,” he said. “When we went away with England Under-21s for the Euros in 2017, every single day we went through a penalty routine after training. In the end we ended up taking about 16 each.

“It was proper, though. Very serious. We had to walk up with the ball and take it in front of all our team-mates. Me and Lewis Baker were the only two players to score every one. All 16.”

Gareth Southgate, if you’re reading, bear that in mind for Euro 2020.

Until then, Grealish is focusing on making Villa an attractive, attack-minded team. And he quickly put to bed any suggestions that his present position is not his best.

“Some people say I should be a left winger. No thanks. I hate that position! I’m a No 8. I’ll play No 10 if asked, but I haven’t played there for three years,” he says. “I like my current position and I’m excited for the rest of the season. I speak to the manager every day about football and we want to make Villa an exciting team playing on the front foot. I’m confident we will get there.”

And with that the laptop is packed away, The Athletic heads home and Grealish gets back to work.

Offline adrenachrome

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Re: Jack Grealish
« Reply #11598 on: September 14, 2019, 01:50:36 AM »
Thanks, BNS.

Great interview.

Fair play to Gregg, who took a lot of stick on here, much of it from me.

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« Reply #11599 on: September 14, 2019, 08:00:42 AM »
Cheers BNS. A great read and extremely well written! Makes a change from the usual crap that's churned out.

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« Reply #11600 on: September 14, 2019, 10:02:07 AM »
I actually think his perceived quiet start to the season will be a benefit for both him and the club. There is an awful lot of expectation on his shoulders both to perform for us and get international recognition. While his first few games have been looked upon as disappointing I don't think they are but they are not to the standard we know he can produce but I expect that to come over the next few months, hopefully that will aid us and eventually he will get an international cap.

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Re: Jack Grealish
« Reply #11601 on: September 14, 2019, 11:00:48 AM »
Thanks, BNS.

Great interview.

Fair play to Gregg, who took a lot of stick on here, much of it from me.

Perhaps he will be a better journalist now that his employer's main instruction isn't "let's try to get a reaction out of Villa fans" .

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« Reply #11602 on: September 14, 2019, 11:33:52 AM »
Much appreciated BNS. Yeah agree with previous posters, good interview by Gregg.

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« Reply #11603 on: September 14, 2019, 12:45:22 PM »
Fair play. Very good article.

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« Reply #11604 on: September 14, 2019, 07:35:06 PM »
Thanks, BNS.

Great interview.

Fair play to Gregg, who took a lot of stick on here, much of it from me.

Maybe the Athletic have subbed the life out of young Gregg.


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« Reply #11605 on: September 15, 2019, 08:57:33 AM »
From Gregg Evans of The Athletic
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Until then, Grealish is focusing on making Villa an attractive, attack-minded team. And he quickly put to bed any suggestions that his present position is not his best.

“Some people say I should be a left winger. No thanks. I hate that position! I’m a No 8. I’ll play No 10 if asked, but I haven’t played there for three years,” he says. “I like my current position and I’m excited for the rest of the season. I speak to the manager every day about football and we want to make Villa an exciting team playing on the front foot. I’m confident we will get there.”


Grealish is the closest English player to Iniesta. Makes sense to have him as a number 8.
Interesting Jack mentioning how needs to take more risks.
And that there is a lot more to come from him
He's certainly considered as a midfielder who expected to provide attacking play. I think Dean Smith knows exactly what to do with Jack and that it's really great to have Smith coach him to develop his midfield game

Overall, the interview sounds very encouraging and insightful, it was a great read,  thank you for putting it up on here.

« Last Edit: September 15, 2019, 08:59:38 AM by Vill I An »

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« Reply #11606 on: September 15, 2019, 09:28:49 AM »
Really good interview. His attention to detail is pretty impressive.

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« Reply #11607 on: September 15, 2019, 11:19:22 PM »
Daily Telegraph John Percy:
Dean Smith is backing "football nut" Jack Grealish to spark his season into life and push Aston Villa up the Premier League table.

Grealish has admitted he is frustrated with his start to the campaign, but Smith has revealed the huge commitment Villa’s captain and talisman is making towards becoming a key player on his return to the top-flight.

The 24-year-old attacking midfielder has only contributed one assist so far since Villa’s promotion, with his hometown club losing three of their four league matches.

Grealish was also furious in Villa’s 1-0 defeat to Crystal Palace last month when he was booked for an alleged dive, in an incident which led to Henri Lansbury’s goal being disallowed.

Villa face West Ham on Monday night aiming to move out of the bottom three and Smith insists Grealish is ready to shine on the big stage.

There will be more to come from Jack. He wants to get better. You end up sometimes dragging him off the training ground because he wants to get better. It's a massive plus in his favour,” he said.

“Jack's a football person. He will train all day and go and find a room somewhere and fall asleep. Then he'll wake up and go and do a gym session, that's how he is.

“He's that sort of character - I'm surprised his girlfriend is still with him! He'll go back home and he'll be watching football as well. He's a football nut.

“Jack and John McGinn were probably our most influential players last season and to expect them to be as influential in the Premier League is asking a little bit too much straightaway. But they are getting better and better, that's for sure



What we want Jack to do is to be running at opposition players and hurting them like he did against Crystal Palace.”

Smith has admitted Villa’s players will not be using the controversy at Selhurst Park as inspiration, despite many of the squad’s complaints about the incident.

"That is gone now and we have to move forward," he said. "It was plain to see what happened and the football community made their observations clear on it, but we can't change it.

"I don't think our performances have been as good as they can be. The players are aware of that and everyone is looking forward to this game under the lights."

Source https://www.telegraph.co.uk/football/2019/09/15/dean-smith-backing-football-nut-jack-grealish-spark-aston-villa/
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« Reply #11608 on: September 17, 2019, 08:13:12 AM »
Watching him closely last night, he seemed to have the weight of the world in his shoulders, especially near the end.

He looked frustrated with the lack of anything productive from the front three and was almost deciding to just do it himself. 

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« Reply #11609 on: September 17, 2019, 09:04:54 AM »
I'd take the captaincy off him and give it to Mings, less burden on his shoulders and he needs to play much further up the pitch. Some of his passing last night was poor too.