One of Manchester United’s potential summer transfer targets has been given a stark warning by Graeme Souness.
Speaking on Sky Sports’ The Football Show and quoted by the Metro, Souness compared the playing style of Aston Villa’s Grealish to injury-prone West Ham midfielder Jack Wilshere.
“For me he (Grealish) needs to move the ball quicker,” Souness said.
“The reason I say that is he takes too many touches, he’s the most tackled player in the Premier League. Is that necessary? I think he needs to see the picture quicker, move it quicker.
“I think that’s something that he needs to address or he’ll end up going down the road of Jack Wilshere where he’ll get lots of injuries. He’s got to learn to move the ball quicker.”
Souness speaks from experience — as he was the driving midfield force behind Liverpool’s dominance in the early 1980s, but Grealish would be best now to put his head down and show he would be able to handle a move to a big club like United.
His behaviour off the pitch hasn’t always been the best as we seen recently when he ignored advice to stay in doors by the government, and ended up crashing his car the same night. Grealish was fined £150,000 for breaking government guidelines but wasn’t prosecuted by the police, as reported by The Independent.
That didn’t bode well but the links to United continue.
He has become a great captain for Villa and it’s going to be difficult for them to keep him beyond the summer, especially if they were to be relegated at the end of the 2019/20 campaign, whenever that may be.
This would be a good signing for United, but don’t be surprised if United targeted a holding midfielder instead of Grealish, as we wrote about earlier this week.