Jack Grealish Man Utd 2-2 Aston Villa

Grealish discusses the ‘disadvantage‘ of playing behind-closed-doors, and thriving in the Premier League

Jack Grealish insists Aston Villa will be at a ‘disadvantage’ by having to play the remainder of the season behind-closed-doors, while also discussing how he has ‘thrived’ in the Premier League.

The Aston Villa captain is preparing for a return to action later this month with his club currently sitting in the relegation places, though it has been an outstanding season on a personal level for the midfielder despite the struggles of Dean Smith’s side.

Grealish’s performances have seen him strongly linked with international recognition and a big-money move away from the club, with Manchester United reportedly strongly interested in his services.

The 24-year-old admits he has been pleased with his displays since helping Villa return to the top flight, admitting he had ‘no doubts’ over his ability to perform at the highest level.

“My season has been very good, though I probably didn’t start as I wanted to,” Grealish told the Guardian.

“I got an assist in the second game but apart from that I don’t think I got a goal or an assist for six weeks and that’s what I base my game on, what I do to help the team since then.

“I have just thrived and enjoyed every single moment. Without sounding arrogant or big-headed I had no doubts I would come into this league and perform the way I have done.”

Grealish also discussed the prospect of playing the remainder of the campaign behind-closed-doors, Villa having six home games remaining during what is likely to prove a tense run-in.

Villa are among the first four clubs to return when they face Sheffield United on June 17, and Grealish has urged his side to make the most of their game in hand as they look to climb out of the bottom three, despite the ‘disadvantage’ of being without their home fans.

“I would probably say it is a disadvantage, if I am honest, only because of how much we have thrived on the home games this year. We have won a lot more at home than we have away.

“We had six games remaining at home. We still have a game in hand and if we win the game in hand we are out of the relegation zone.

“It is not something we are going to sit back and moan about. It is still in our hands. We can’t moan about the fact we might have had the fans there.

“We will just take it as it is because we are just delighted to be getting back.”

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