Jack Grealish would have become one of the best footballers ever to be relegated from the Premier League, were it not for his goal at West Ham on the final day of 2019/20. His strike ended up earning Aston Villa the vital point that kept them in the top tier for another year.
However, while Grealish will have been delighted to save his boyhood club from the drop and guarantee another season in the Premier League, there is little doubt that a player of his talent could easily – and might well soon enough – play for a team that challenges at the right end of the table. “Jack wants to play at the highest level and he wants to win trophies,” said Villa manager Dean Smith. “His ability is there for all to see. He has that star quality and has carried the responsibility of being Villa captain.”