Harry Redknapp has claimed that Aston Villa star Jack Grealish could provide England’s midfield with the creativity it lacks in an interview with talkSPORT.
The 71-year-old was present as his former club Queens Park Rangers defeated Villa last Friday and waxed lyrical about Grealish, despite the midfielder being on the losing side:
“I think he should really be playing in the Premier League.
“That’s no disrespect to Villa, either they need to get into the Premier League or he needs to be to in the Premier League.
“I think he’s a marvellous talent. You just want him to get the ball. He reminds me of Alan Hudson at Chelsea, he was a great footballer, the way he used to glide over the pitch.
“I love Grealish, every time I watch the kid I think he really does look a player to me.”
Tottenham Hotspur, who are also one of Redknapp’s former clubs, were heavily linked with Grealish throughout the summer but a deal failed to materialise.
The 23-year-old has failed to propel Villa into the Championship promotion picture thus far but Redknapp believes that he could provide the spark that is needed in the England national team’s midfield:
“I think he’s a player England could start to get into the group, he’s the type of player England are lacking, someone who can do something special and open the door in the midfield.”
Grealish represented Republic of Ireland at under-17, 18 and 21 level before switching allegiance to England. He has been capped by the Three Lions at under-21 level but has yet to break into the senior set-up.
If he is to force his way into Gareth Southgate’s plans, the midfielder will have to play a crucial role in a Dean Smith-led revival at Villa Park. The Villains currently occupy seventeenth place in the second tier, seven points adrift of the play-offs.
They will host Bolton Wanderers on Friday night, who are both two points and two places behind Villa.