Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish ‘fed into stigma that he goes down too easily’ with ‘poor’ dive against West Ham, claims Darren Bent
Jack Grealish showcased the very best and worst sides of Premier League football during Aston Villa’s 2-1 defeat by West Ham on Monday night.
The England star reiterated his status as one of the top-flight’s most gifted players with a fabulous goal – but it was a blatant piece of play-acting which had most mouths moving.
Grealish was kicked by Pablo Fornals in the second-half, but not enough to send him down so theatrically, and former striker Darren Bent reckons the Villa captain did himself no favours by diving.
“It was poor. When I saw the replays of the dive, it’s poor,” Bent told talkSPORT.
“It doesn’t look good at all – and it looks worse because he’s got this stigma with people thinking he goes to ground easily, draws a lot of fouls.
“When you see the replay of that, it’s poor and it backs up that argument.
“But don’t get me wrong, most of the time when he’s fouled, it is a foul.”
With regards to the other side of his game, one Aston Villa fan phoned talkSPORT to predict Grealish will fire them to the Champions League by the end of next season.
After Jason Cundy and Andy Goldstein urged Grealish to leave the club and fulfil his potential, George the Villa supporter said: “Grealish has been playing at the same level for the past three years and now you’re just jumping on a bandwagon by saying he’s too good to play for Villa. What a load of rubbish.
“I’ll be shocked if we’re not in the Champions League next year.
“If we’d won our two games against West Ham and Newcastle we’d have been top of the Premier League.”