Gareth Southgate's England squad is developing at a rate of knots and the Three Lions boss is eager to continue to give young talent a chance in the national side, and some eye-catching young guns sparkled in their 2020 European Championships qualifying match on Friday night as England thrashed Czech Republic 5-0 at Wembley.
With Jadon Sancho and Callum Hudson-Odoi producing impressive displays then it must give the youthful talent coming through the ranks a huge boost in the knowledge that the door is open to push your way into the international setup.
Well, one player that has been given some sound advice is Aston Villa's Jack Grealish, who is currently plying his trade in the Championship, but Southgate has told the exciting midfielder that he must move to the Premier League, if he is to push his way into the international arena.
The England manager said "Jack worked with us in the Under-21s briefly...Although we can see the quality, when the evidence of the opponent is a different level, that’s where it’s hard to directly correlate what that’s going to look like at a level above.”
“With Callum (Hudson-Odoi), he’s playing Europa League, he’s playing Premier League, that does make a difference.
“I’m not going to say we won’t pick a player from the Championship because that could happen but it’s far more difficult to assess his level.” (Independent)
If Villa fail to gain promotion this season, then Grealish could be forced to move away from Villa Park and here are three clubs that could attract the 23-year-old.
Mauricio Pochettino failed to make a signing in the transfer market last season, but the Tottenham Hotspur boss is likely to add recruits to his current crop this time around, and Grealish is the sort of player that would fit right in at Spurs. With a host of proven English talents already in the squad, Grealish could add a different dimension to a midfield that has the qualities of Christian Eriksen and Son-Heung Min in it, and with Spurs unlikely to attract some of the big-named foreign players then Grealish is the sort of player Pochettino can improve with time, like he has done with Dele Alli.
Everton have still yet to fill the void left by Ross Barkley after he moved to Chelsea, so Grealish could be an ideal replacement for the England international. Gylfi Sigurdsson is spearheading the current Toffees midfield, and has been in superb form this season, but Grealish is the sort of player that can help Everton challenge for a top-seven spot next season, and the Villa playmaker would be an ideal fit for Marco Silva's side, who currently sit 11th in the Premier League table.
Under Claude Puel's watch, Jack Grealish would never have been on Leicester City's radar, but since the arrival of Brendan Rodgers at the King Power Stadium, Grealish could be a prime target for the Foxes, who will be hoping that next season they can put in a better effort in trying to earn European football.
Rodgers will have to make do until the end of the season with his current crop, but once the summer transfer window opens then the former Celtic boss will look to bolster the Foxes squad significantly, and Grealish is the sort of player Rodgers can improve over time, so they could arguably be the most likely club to lure the Championship star.
“Although we can see the quality, he's at a different level and it's hard to directly correlate what that will look like at a level above. With Callum, he's playing Europa League, he's playing Premier League, that makes a difference."