Leicester Ratchet Up Pressure on Villa: Promotion or Maestro Leaves

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The pressure on Aston Villa to win promotion increased with Leicester City preparing a £20m bid for midfield maestro Jack Grealish claims the Daily Mirror.

Grealish is shattering his reputation as an enfant terrible with a string of impressive performances as the Villans find themselves needing one more point to be assured of a place in the Championship promotion playoffs.

After a series of incidents which overshadowed his obvious talent, Grealish has knuckled down under Steve Bruce and become a pivotal member of the Villa squad seeking to return to the Premier League at the second attempt.

Claude Puel established a reputation at Lille for guiding young talent through the minefield of the professional’s early career, reinforcing that at Southampton.

Leicester City’s well-honed scouting networked – established by Steve Walsh when he was at the club – identified Grealish as the player who can continue to provide the bullets for Jamie Vardy to fire.

With Manchester City rumoured to be reigniting their interest in £60m-rated winger Riyad Mahrez, 26, the Foxes want a replacement already in place before releasing the talismanic Algeria international.

In his three months back in the first team following his recovery from kidney problems, Grealish is impressing scouts with his performances, as well as three goals and five assists. It’s just two fewer goals than he managed last season in eight more games.

Previously linked with a move to Arsenal, it seems Grealish is set to return to the big time one way or another.