After an absolutely dismal campaign for the Villains last term, it must have been heartbreaking for young Jack Grealish.
Since the club reformed in 1993, Villa were yet to be relegated to the second tier of English football, despite coming agonisingly close to the drop in the 14/15 campaign.
With Grealish featuring in 16 games last season, that ALL ended up in defeat, the talented 20-year-old was on the back of some persistent abuse from the media last campaign.
Their views, however, only differentiate with the ability the young winger has.
After returning back from being on loan at Notts County in 2014, Grealish made several appearances in the Villa starting 11, putting consistently good performances in week in week out, in a Villa team that avoided the drop and reached the FA Cup final under Tim Sherwood in the 2014/15 campaign.
Having started out at Villa at the age of 6, Grealish has made 34 appearances for the West Midlands club, however failed to make an impact last year, due to the winger never really getting a look-in with Rémi Garde in charge, right up until the Villains’ fate was already sealed.
The winger has been subject to many rumours saying that he will be moving on elsewhere, with many Premier League teams reportedly interested.
However here, Football League World writer George Harbey identifies THREE reasons why Grealish must stay at Aston Villa, instead of plying his trade elsewhere.