Manchester United are tracking the progress of Jack Grealish and view the Englishman as a potential midfield option further down the line, according to reports.
The 22-year-old, who made his Villa debut in 2014, has been a focal point for the Championship side this season, making 26 appearances in total.
His fearless, driving display through the middle during his side’s 1-0 defeat to Fulham in the Championship playoff final was an example of the talent he could be.
And according to the Sun‘s Neil Ashton, Man United have taken a liking to his powerful bursts through the middle and will monitor his progress closely.
A bid for the youngster this summer is unlikely but he is without doubt a player worth keeping a very careful eye on.
There is a natural sense of confidence to the way Grealish handles the ball, weaving and charging and slinking his way past defenders. He almost scored one of the goals of the season against Fulham by simply taking Villa’s back four on single handedly.
The technical side to his game – although far from perfect – is impressive for its ambitiousness. Unlike many young English players, Grealish always wants the ball, regardless of circumstance. He has a hunger to impose himself on games.
That attitude on the pitch, above anything, is worth taking note of. And with Villa failing to secure promotion, there’s every chance he could be playing in the Premier League next season, giving United a chance to view him at close quarters.