Dean Smith has warned Aston Villa’s Premier League rivals Jack Grealish is simply getting began.
The Villa skipper has excelled this season, serving to hold his facet in European rivalry.
Grealish has six assists, solely behind Harry Kane and Kevin De Bruyne within the league this season, whereas he has additionally scored 5 instances.
Villa host Crystal Palace on Boxing Day and supervisor Smith expects England worldwide Grealish to proceed to enhance.
He stated: “Sure, there’s extra to return positively. There’s nonetheless enhancements. Generally he picks the ball up somewhat bit too deep at instances. He desires to be concerned within the sport on a regular basis.
“He’s had a special function within the final couple of video games, taking part in as a No. 10, and he’s performed it very properly.
“He’s on one other stage, he’s taking part in great soccer. At West Brom it regarded like he was taking part in within the playground along with his mates.
“It was a improbable efficiency and the degrees he’s obtained to now, we have to hold pushing him and squeezing much more out of him the place he can. He’s a pleasure to look at in the intervening time.
“Simply think about if he didn’t really feel the necessity to give away penalties to Ollie (Watkins) and (Anwar) El Ghazi. He is aware of what he’s good at and he’s definitely having fun with his soccer in the intervening time.”
Grealish has scored twice in 9 video games since Villa’s beautiful 7-2 win over Liverpool in October.
However they’ve misplaced three and drawn one at residence following the victory over the champions.
Villa shipped 9 targets in three video games earlier than the 0-0 draw with Burnley however Smith denied they’ve misplaced their manner at Villa Park.
‘No. I feel we’ve been very unfortunate, apart from Leeds,” he stated.
“We’d received 4 video games on the spin however ended up going toe-to-toe and taking part in a Leeds United sport, which we didn’t have to do.
“Apart from that, we’ve truly performed very properly. We should always have crushed Burnley. Brighton obtained away with a VAR within the final minute.
“Southampton scored three set-pieces and a 30-yarder – that doesn’t occur fairly often.
“I do know it’s solely a marker, however in Anticipated Objectives we’ve received all three of them video games. For me, there may be not an terrible lot incorrect. Sadly, the dearth of followers neutralises residence and away.
“I feel it’s 50-50 now, residence and away. There’s little residence benefit now, that’s for certain.”