Opinion: Jack Grealish must prove his worth following new deal

For Football League World, Lewis Steele calls for Jack Grealish to step up to the next level whereby he starts ‘winning games on his own’. 

Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish penned a new big-money deal on Monday, keeping him in contract at Villa Park until 2023.

The intricacies of the contract were not disclosed however, many strong reports have suggested Grealish’s wage has doubled to around £50k per week.

Money talks: the fact Villa were willing to fork out such a substantial fee on Jack Grealish speaks volumes about his reputation at the club. The hierarchy obviously see him as irreplaceable and of the utmost importance to any promotion bid Steve Bruce’s side may launch.

However, is Grealish really worth this amount of money? Villa think so, but realistically only time will tell.

For the player, he needs to show the Villa faithful exactly why he is worth so much. By a significant distance, Grealish is Aston Villa’s best footballer. There is little doubt about that. However, does he have it in him to start winning more matches on his own and subsequently push Villa to the higher ends of the table.

The reported wage should be reflective of this ability. If Grealish does do the aforementioned and start influencing games to his true potential, it will be worth every single penny.

If Villa do earn promotion, there is no doubt Grealish will be a huge factor and also no doubt that this new deal will be cited. Fans of other clubs have criticised Villa in the past days, but should Grealish launch them to the Premier League, this new deal is worth it tenfold and more.

Grealish did indeed deserve the transfer saga linking him to big Premier League outfits, but with this new deal, he needs to up his game further and start influencing games on a higher level, catapulting Villa back to the top flight.

Author: Lewis Steele

Writes about anything from the niche world of football in Tehran to the classic piece on Pep Guardiola's tactics. Follow me on Twitter @LewisSteele_

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