Graeme Souness has claimed he would have ‘liked’ to have performed in opposition to Jack Grealish in a scathing criticism of the Aston Villa captain.
The 24-year-old has been a shining mild in what has been a disappointing return to the Premier League for Dean Smith’s males, scoring seven targets in 31 outings.
Nevertheless, he was powerless to stop Villa succumb to a 2-Zero defeat to Premier League champions Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday.
Former Reds midfielder Souness believes Grealish needs to be higher on the ball if he’s to be thought-about one of many league’s finest.
“I might not need to have been essentially the most fouled participant within the Premier League. Which means I’m holding onto the ball too lengthy, I’m taking further touches once I don’t have to,” he advised Sky Sports activities.
“It means you’re not seeing the image shortly sufficient. There’s little question about it. He’s simple on the attention, he’s silky on the attention, however I’m but to be satisfied by him.”
Emile Heskey disagreed with Souness, arguing that Grealish takes so many touches due to a scarcity of high quality good motion round him.
“After I was being coached at Liverpool, I used to be advised, I make the striker’s thoughts up, with my physique motion, with the way in which I get the ball out of my toes, with my physique motion. I make them run the place I’m wanting like I’m going to kick the ball,” Souness added.
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“I simply suppose that anybody who will get that many fouls, is just not seeing the image shortly sufficient.
“As an previous midfield participant, I at all times suppose: ‘Would I wish to have performed in opposition to him?’ I’d have liked to have performed in opposition to him as a result of he permits me to get to him, to get bodily with him.
“Do I need to play in opposition to Paul Scholes, Xavi, Andres Iniesta, who pop it off one or two contact? I need to play in opposition to individuals like him as a result of I do know he’s going to let me mess him round.”