£5,000 a week for Grealish: Are we for real?

It’s just a quick one, mainly to test that our Twitter notifications are working ok now, but this story really caught my eye.

According to the Daily Star, contract talks with Jack Grealish, whose contract runs out next Summer, are close to stalling.
The reason apparently (and yes, I know it’s the Star) is because we’re only offering him £5000 a week.
The story goes on to say that Chelsea have made enquiries about the kid previously and they’re still very interested in him.
It’s also no great surprise that they’ll offer him more money too.

Now, I know the arguments that will probably be coming; he’s only a kid, he hasn’t done anything yet, we can’t be held to ransom etc, but surely if we want to look to keep our brightest up and coming kids, we need to pay them competitive money?
You can bet that any of the top five or six clubs would easily double and probably even quadruple that £5k a week for such a strong prospect and while of course they’re in a better position to be able to do it, we simply must come up with something that’s at least in the ballpark.
I don’t care how we go about it; a highly incentivised contract based on performance would be my way of thinking.

If we lose this kid, after what I’ve seen of him, I’ll be well miffed.

On a different note, I’d like to say congratulations to Fabian Delph for his first full England game.
I didn’t see it, but from what I gather, while he wasn’t brilliant, he seems to have been one of the better rated players on the night and didn’t let himself down.


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  1. BWS
    BWS September 9, 2014 at 2:08 pm .

    If we lose him to Chelski following Crowley down to the smoke it appears every diamond we uneart are gone before they kick a ball in anger begging the question just what is the point of our academy?

    1. Saddened
      Saddened September 9, 2014 at 3:12 pm .

      I think it looks like a lazy press story…. Ooh one of the lads from the Villa played well for England, how dare they try and upset the party…. Lets try and destabilise one of their youngsters…… absolute disgrace !

  2. DSVilla
    DSVilla September 9, 2014 at 4:00 pm .

    I hope there’s no truth in this but the club are pretty lax to allow this situation to develop so often. Grealish is a talent but here we are talking about £5K a week being inadequate. He is 19 years old being offered £260K per year! He would be crazy to move to Chelsea at this stage. I hope he and his agent are just looking to get a better deal out of Villa. He will move on to bigger and better things in a few years time.

    It’s no wonder so many of these talented kids go off the rails though. All that cash at such a young age and too much time on their hands.

  3. B6
    B6 September 9, 2014 at 4:22 pm .

    Both Grealish and Delph have stated they want to stay, neither has said any different. I believe if they wanted to go they wouldn’t of said they want to stay. For me Delph owes the club, the manager and the fans big time for the way we’ve all stuck by him since he arrived 4 years ago. As for Grealish, I also believe he will sign a new contract. He’s a Villa lad and been at the club since he was almost still in nappies!! I don’t think we have anything to worry about regarding losing those 2.

    1. Colonius81
      Colonius81 September 15, 2014 at 1:43 pm .

      I don’t know if he (delph)owes the fans much maybe the club. I remember writing him off as just not gojng to make it at one point and that was one of the more polite assessments. There were calls for him to never wear a villa shirt again round that time. I beleive it was when mcleish was here
      But the club did sick by him and its paying off now

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