Grealish: I aim to grab this chance

By Graham Hill

JACK Grealish admits he wants to turn his ‘worst ever’ Premier League season into one of his best.

The Villa skipper is preparing to lead his side back into the top flight next month when they travel to Tottenham.

Grealish knows the significance of that match as it was Spurs who almost signed him 12 months ago before Wes Edens and Nassef Sawiris took over at Villa.

But the influential midfielder has not forgotten the club’s slump in 2016 which saw him play under three different managers when Villa were relegated to the Championship.

Last season’s promotion has taken Dean Smith’s side back into the top flight and Grealish says he is now better prepared for the demands of the Premier League.

Grealish told Villa’s official TV Channel: “It’s a perfect scenario for me after what happened last season.

“I think I’ve got unfinished business in the Premier League from when I was last here.

“When I broke into the side I did well under Tim Sherwood. We to the FA Cup Final and we stayed up.

“But the next season – that was terrible.

“Probably one of the worst seasons of my life.

“I want to showcase what I can do in the Premier League and I hope to do that this season.”

Grealish also hopes his form can carry on from last term and take him into the England squad.

He added: “The day we got relegated, it was always in my mind to get Villa back into the Premier League.

“When I was 19 or 20, when I last played there, I maybe took it for granted a little bit.

“I didn’t realise how lucky I was to be playing with Villa in the Premier League.

“Now that I’m back there, I need to take it with both hands and hopefully push this side as high as we can.

“And for myself, I want to perform, get goals, assists and this season I want to get into the England team.

“You look to the Liverpool and Manchester City games, but last year I think we were the biggest club in the Championship in my opinion and everyone wanted to beat us. But now we’re not the biggest when you look at Man City and United.

“But all eyes are on the Tottenham game first – I think it had to be that game didn’t it!”

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