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Monday media watch [16.09.19]: Grealish is a “football nut” – Smith

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Monday media watch [16.09.19]: Grealish is a “football nut” – Smith

Express & Star: Villa boss Dean Smith claims “football nut” Jack Grealish won’t stop striving to be a Premier League success. Smith revealed how the skipper sometimes needs to be dragged off the training pitch such is his work ethic and quipped: “He’s that sort of character. I’m surprised his missus is still with him! “He’ll go back and he’ll be watching football at home as well.”

The Sun: Dean Smith says Jack Grealish is a football ‘nut’ who sleeps at the training ground so he can cram more sessions in. And the Villa boss joked: ‘I’m surprised his missus is still with him!’ Grealish was left fuming after ref Kevin Friend booked him for diving at Crystal Place two weeks ago. The decision also ruled out what would have been a late Villa equaliser. But Smith says skipper Grealish is determined to put in the work needed to be a success now that he is back the Premier League.

Daily Telegraph: Dean Smith is backing "football nut" Jack Grealish to spark his season into life and push Aston Villa up the Premier League table. Grealish has admitted he is frustrated with his start to the campaign, but Smith has revealed the huge commitment Villa’s captain and talisman is making towards becoming a key player on his return to the top-flight. Villa face West Ham on Monday night aiming to move out of the bottom three and Smith insists Grealish is ready to shine on the big stage.

Express & Star: Dean Smith wants Villa to deliver another night to remember when they resume their Premier League campaign against West Ham. Villa host the Hammers tonight aiming to kick on after a first month back in the top flight which while not short of promise produced only three points. They came courtesy of a 2-0 win over Everton, a match played on a Friday in one of the most raucous atmospheres heard at Villa Park for years. Smith and his players have become increasingly accustomed to performing in front of a raucous home crowd, with the decibel levels steadily rising during last season’s charge to win promotion. 

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*The extracts on this page are taken from various newspapers and media outlets. They do not necessarily reflect the views of Aston Villa.

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By @AVFCOfficial 16th September 2019