This is not a picture of Jack Grealish. I do not have a photo of Jack Grealish available. - Jamie McDonald
The Republic of Ireland U17 award goes to young Aston Villa winger Jack Grealish, proving that the club still have a great academy, at least.
This year hasn't exactly been full of brightness and joy for Aston Villa Football Club. So when something happens that acknowledges how great one of our players has been, it's necessary to shout about it. Jack Grealish, of the baby Villans, was awarded the Republic of Ireland U17 Player of the Year award. He scored three goals in six games, propelling Ireland into the Elite Round of the European U17 Championships.
Grealish has been with the Villa since age six and has been a regular for both the U18s and U21s. In fact, he's now off to Holland for the next stage of the NextGen Series. The Villa U21s have made it to the final sixteen, and are set to play Ajax on Tuesday.
In other news, young Jack has gotten stick recently on Twitter for declaring that he doesn't like the way certain sides defend, slinging their elbows all over the place. But I think the real problem is that Grealish just tends to type out anything that flits into his head:
When I listen to Marvin Gaye lets get it on, I turn into a right tusty human 😶😶😶— Jack Grealish (@JackGrealish1) February 17, 2013
On one hand, I hope he meant "lusty" there. On the other, I'm not sure I want to think about Grealish and "lusty" in the same train of thought.