Birmingham news Danny Mills explains his 'only issue' with Villa captain Jack Grealish MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - The former Leeds United full-back gives his verdict on the comparisons between Jack Grealish and Paul Gascoigne after the Aston Villa skipper impressed for England
Breaking News ! Danny Mills believes comparisons between Jack Grealish and Paul Gascoigne are premature after the Aston Villa captain addressed being likened to the former England favourite. Grealish was England's best player during the recent international break, starting all three matches and earning widespread praise. Some pundits compared him to former Three Lions star Gascoigne following his impressive performances against Iceland, Belgium and the Republic of Ireland. Grealish said: "I love the way he played football with all the freedom and all the joy… I want to entertain people but I always want to be effective on the pitch like Gazza was too." Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will auto-play soon8Cancel Play now Mills, who won 19 caps for England between 2001 and 2004, thinks Grealish has the potential to become a 'world-class' player but has warned against the comparisons at such an early stage in the playmaker's international career. "The only issue I had was is when people start calling him (Grealish) world class," Mills told Football Insider. "He’s played a handful of internationals. "He may well go on to be world class. He certainly has the ability to do so and he’s got three or four years to do that. Undoubtedly he’s earned his place in the England side and he’s going to be pushing to be a starter you know, very very often, if not all the time. Aston Villa daily newsletter. Free. To your inbox In our daily Aston Villa bulletin, we'll be bringing you the latest breaking news, transfer features and comment pieces, as well as the key talking points for fans. How do you sign up? It's easy and only takes seconds. Simply type your email address into the box at the top of this article and hit sign up.
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"But this is the problem, every time we get a good player in this country, we start comparing them to legends of the past. The comparisons aren’t really fair and they are a little bit pointless. "Jack Wilshere was going to be the next Gazza. Ross Barkley was going to be the next player at one point, we always do this. It’s tough and it’s a little bit unfair. "Jack Grealish is just at the beginning of his international career, and you’re comparing him to Gazza."
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Grealish wasn't able to help Villa to a positive result on the return to Premier League action this weekend, with Brighton inflicting a 2-1 defeat on Dean Smith's side. Villa thought they had a late lifeline to rescue a point when Michael Oliver awarded them a penalty but the referee overturned his decision after watching replays of Solly March's tackle on Trezeguet on the pitchside monitor.
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