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Jack Grealish fires back at Graeme Souness after expert criticism of Aston Villa’s captain

‘Can’t please everyone’: Jack Grealish fires back at Graeme Souness after expert revealed he ‘loved’ to play Aston Villa captain – and Premier League’s most foul star even defends himself with statistics

  • Aston Villa star Jack Grealish fired back at Graeme Souness after his criticism
  • The Sky Sports expert revealed that he was not convinced by the Captain of the Villa
  • The 24-year-old is the most polluted player in the Premier League this season
  • Souness revealed that he would have liked to have played against Grealish in a match

Aston Villa star Jack Grealish has launched a steadfast defense of himself after Graeme Souness’s scathing criticism over the weekend.

The Sky Sports pundit revealed that he would have enjoyed playing against the 24-year-old, who is now the most polluted player in the Premier League, for not being able to read the match fast enough.

Grealish has now returned to the comments on social media, even referring to the amount of opportunities he has created this season to brave the typically outspoken Scot.

Aston Villa star Jack Grealish has defended himself after Graeme Souness's scathing criticism

Aston Villa star Jack Grealish has defended himself after Graeme Souness’s scathing criticism

The outspoken Sky Sports expert revealed that he was not impressed by the 24-year-old

The outspoken Sky Sports expert revealed that he was not impressed by the 24-year-old

The outspoken Sky Sports expert revealed that he was not impressed by the 24-year-old

The Birmingham-born playmaker has won 150 free kicks this season, winning the 108 achieved by Crystal Palace Wilfried Zaha.

And it seems that Grealish’s presence across the field has also led to many openings for his teammates.

A table with the most creative players in the top flight shows Grealish in second place, behind Manchester City talisman Kevin de Bruyne. The Villa skipper made a total of 26 chances for the relegation fighters from his 2694 minutes on the field.

Grealish retweeted the table and commented that you ‘can’t please everyone’ in a clear joke about Souness’ comments.

Grealish said you “can’t please everyone” and also referred to the opportunities he created

He is strongly linked with a move to Manchester United this summer, but will have to cut even harder to ensure Villa’s Premier League status to impress the former Liverpool boss.

When asked if he believes Grealish is a good player, Souness replied, “I’m not sure.

“If I were a player, I wouldn’t want to be the most polluted player in the league. That means I’m holding the ball for too long.

“That means I don’t see the photo early enough, I take extra when I don’t need to. There is no doubt about it. It has the power and is easy on the eye, silky on the eye. But I still have to be convinced by him. ‘

Grealish started for Villa in their tough defeat to the newly crowned champions Liverpool

Grealish started for Villa in their tough defeat to the newly crowned champions Liverpool

Grealish started for Villa in their tough defeat to the newly crowned champions Liverpool

Grealish once again led from the forefront in the Midlands’ punchy defeat to newly crowned champions Liverpool at Anfield.

Souness took his mind back to his successful time on the pitch to make a comparison between Grealish and other notable midfielders – and was clearly unimpressed with the Villa star’s tendency to hold the ball for too long.

He added, “I think anyone who gets tackled that much just doesn’t see the photo fast enough. As an old midfielder, would I have liked to play against him?

“I would have liked to play against him. He lets me get close to him, get physical with him. I don’t want to play (Paul) Scholes, Xavi or (Andres) Iniesta. They are too fast – they fall out with one or two touches. I want to play against people like him. ‘

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