Pochettino can turn Grealish's potential into the next Spurs success story

10th Jul 2018

Jack Grealish is a player who has split opinion throughout his career thus far.

It’s hard to believe that the Aston Villa midfielder is only 22 when you consider the fact that he has already made over 100 appearances for the West Midlands club - and also gained experience during a season-long loan at Notts County.

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The midfielder's talent is undeniable. He has the ability to beat players with ease and has the vision of a player beyond his current years.

With the low socks and the slicked back hair, he is undoubtedly an eye-catching player – but at times he has caught the eye for the wrong reasons.

Off-field problems, fall-outs with previous managers and a lack of clarity on his international future have all led to some less favourable press focus on the youngster.

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Spurs have been linked with his signature throughout the summer but the question is - how would he fit into the north Londoners' side? Well for me, there is a glaring space in the squad.

A player that can not only fit in as one of a two-man central midfield as the creative force, but also be effective in any of the three attacking midfield roles behind Harry Kane.

Moussa Sissoko has been trusted by Maurico Pochettino to fill these gaps when required in the last two seasons, but his limitations are obvious and an upgrade here should be a priority this summer.

There are understandably reservations about Grealish from the majority of the Spurs fanbase.

They remember him hitting the headlines after being pictured on a street in Tenerife after a night of partying and perhaps haven’t seen him in the Championship with Aston Villa this season where he has been, quite simply, magnificent.

Whilst the talent we’ve always known to be there has been obvious, Grealish appears to be developing into a player with a fine work-rate and - with experience - his decision-making and intelligence on the ball has improved too.

Steve Bruce has done a fine job in beginning to get the best out of him – but could there be a better manager in the country to continue that job than Pochettino?

Look at what the Argentine has done to improve the game of several young home-grown players throughout his managerial career.

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Look at what the Argentine has done to improve the game of several young home-grown players throughout his managerial career.

Kyle Walker, Dele Alli and Kane at Tottenham and before that the likes of Luke Shaw and James Ward-Prowse among others at Southampton have all shown remarkable improvements under the stewardship of Pochettino. 

It may take time for him to reach a level where he is capable of holding down a first-team spot in a Spurs squad that’s packed with ability, but Grealish would be able to improve both himself and the team under a manager that has a proven track record of turning potential into success.

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