If Grealish goes, should he have our blessing?

I’ve been thinking about this one for the last couple of days, but my thoughts have been somewhat superceded by the speculation that Leicester might be willing to go to £40 miilion to get Grealish.
Not that it matters, as although Grealish’s sale would probably ease our FFP worries at a stroke, it quite simply isn’t going to happen; at least at that money.
Ok, the footballing world is totally mad, when it comes to money, but why would anyone pay anywhere near that amount?
The answer is you simply wouldn’t if you believe the stories that say we are right on our uppers and have to get the money in at any price.

I’m sure we said we were skint last season, yet we still managed to sign John Terry at around £3.6 million a season, if you believe what the Birmingham Mail says. That’s £70k a week. For a championship player!
As much as he might have improved things around the club, that’s massive money.
You can argue about if it was well spent or not, but the point is that considering we had very little to spend, we still managed to come up with a contract like that.

Shenanigans at play, to say the least.

Moving back to the important point, when we were talking about Grealish being looked at, at around the £20 mill mark, it seemed to me, that it was a Birmingham Mail led thing, that was suggesting that we should sell him because we’d be holding him back wrt his aims of playing for England and he’s simply too good for the Championship?

But as much as I like Jack as one of our own, so I also have to ask why we’d let him go so easily?

The simple answer is I wouldn’t.

Let’s look at the facts.
Ok, Jack had a great Semi-final game against Liverpool, but what else had he done before and up to christmas just gone?
Yes, he’s been a revelation in the second half of this season and has looked our only threat at times.

But is half a season enough for us to say he’s served the club brilliantly, as is being made out?
I believe Jack’s agent is his dad, isn’t he?
Maybe that’s why the Mail are suggesting he should leave, because there are things being whispered in ears?
Surely not.

But I’m not wearing it, by a long chalk.

I’d say it’s the total opposite and Jack owes us big time, for bringing him though.
It wasn’t so long ago that I was slating Jack as a bit-part player, because of his lack of effort, after all.

The way things are being portrayed, Jack’s time is running out if he wants to make the England squad and he’ll never do it in the championship.
I say Bullshit!
If he consistently plays well enough, he’ll be picked, because he’ll be be promoted with us or bought by a Prem club further down the line.

But do you know what the annoying part is?
He’s only 22.
If he was 28-30, I could understand the concern.

Of course, if it’s really true that we have no choice but to sell him, that’s a different thing.
He gets a fat contract, we get good money and it’s all good.

Except we’ve just lost every sign that we’re aiming upwards.

If we let Grealish go, I’ll know that Xia has given up and wants out.

Hence Grealish will stay, in my opinion.


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  1. Bill Pearson
    Bill Pearson June 6, 2018 at 5:50 pm .

    That’s right saddened, he’s just got back 4.5 million from Burnley, they now selling ground by Villa park estimated at 5 million. , Villa are pulling in what’s owed. Sad state of affairs this.

    1. Bill Pearson
      Bill Pearson June 6, 2018 at 6:11 pm .

      Aston Villa will not be going into administration and are confident of solving their cash-flow crisis, sources have told BirminghamLive.

      Owner Dr Tony Xia has today received positive news that a £2million loan has been approved so the outstanding tax bill will soon be cleared.

      It’s understood that Xia is doing everything possible to keep hold of the club he purchased in 2016 having invested over £150m.

      Several leading football finance experts have backed up claims from sources close to the club who are adamant Villa’s current crisis will not see them file for administration.

  2. Originallondonlion
    Originallondonlion June 6, 2018 at 6:30 pm .

    The last 6 posts sum it up. Shooting the messenger because you don’t like the message was a mistake by Xia. It moved the story from the back page to the front page. My guess is he has no option but to sell.

    My business has a lot of connections with China and the story about the money restrictions was telegraphed to those in the know several months in advance. The seller of one huge Indonesian company told me the Chinese buyers weren’t bothered about the price, just the speed with which the deal could be done.

    I think the word went round China amongst those sitting on piles of cash they could not have honestly acquired. ‘Get the money out of the country before you are investigated and you can keep it, but if it is still in China at your bank or under your mattress it will be confiscated and you will go to jail.’ The rush was on to buy any overseas asset that would be easy to resell. Once the curtain came down, even funding a previously-bought asset was unlikely to be permitted.

    The money invested in Villa is now clean cash and legitimately external if the FC is sold. It could belong to several people for whom Xia is the front man – hence the delays between steps while several people have their say.

    1. Ardent Villain
      Ardent Villain June 6, 2018 at 9:08 pm .

      Very interesting post OLL.

      Xia needs to start making clear statements again – and soon.

    2. DSVilla
      DSVilla June 6, 2018 at 9:30 pm .

      At the time Xia bought Villa I raised my concerns on here. The excitement of getting rid of lerner coloured a lot of opinions. The reality is, we would not be in this financial position under Lerner. We would have been struggling on the pitch. Not sure what is worse. Actually I am. We don’t need the financial mess we are in.

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