Wednesday 26 October 2016

Republic of Ireland hope Jack Grealish grateful to Sherwood

Jack Grealish
Jack Grealish

Jack Grealish reckons he will flourish under Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood as he targets survival.

The midfielder made his first league start for Villa in Tuesday's 3-3 draw with relegation rivals QPR.

Grealish struggled for game time under ex-boss Paul Lambert but Sherwood put his faith in the 19-year-old in their crunch Barclays Premier League clash against Rangers.

Sherwood nurtured Harry Kane while Tottenham boss last season, with Kane now the top flight's joint top scorer with 19 goals, and Grealish hopes the Villa chief can aid his own career.

"You can see what he did at Tottenham with the young lads, bringing them through. He is a great guy," he said. "Playing my first game is probably the highlight of my career at the moment. To start for my boyhood club was a dream come true. I thank the gaffer for it. I hope towards the end of the season I can play more of a part and help the team stay in the division.

"He's given me my first start in a crucial game which I'm really grateful for. When you're not playing you get down, that's football, you have to stay positive and good things come your way.

"He's done little stuff like bring the younger lads to come and train next to the first team, which is so little but means so much to the younger lads."

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