As Aston Villa’s play-off hopes slowly begin to slip away from them, Dean Smith’s men have just been given a very timely boost indeed.
The Villans’ talisman Jack Grealish is set to return to first-team action at the end of the month, after a gruelling spell on the sidelines with injury.
The 23-year-old has been missing for almost two months after picking up an injury in the aftermath of Villa’s 2-2 away draw at West Bromwich Albion back in December, and his absence has had a major impact on the West Midlands side.
Sure, it would be unfair to pin Villa’s play-off hopes and poor run of form late solely on Grealish, but after winning only one of their last six league games, the Villans have really missed his creativity.
Smith has tried to play Conor Hourihane and John McGinn in Grealish’s position, but it just hasn’t worked out. The latter connects the midfield to attack magnificently well, and it must be a dream to play in front of him if you’re a striker.
Tammy Abraham just can’t stop scoring goals for Aston Villa this season – the 21-year old has scored 19 goals in 25 games since joining on loan from Chelsea, but despite being on fire of late, he’ll be praying that Grealish returns sooner rather than later.
The pair have a good relationship on and off the pitch from their days with the England under-21s, and it really does show on the pitch.
The service that Grealish provides for Abraham has been incredible this season, and the latter will be hopeful of breaking the 30-goal mark this season when Grealish returns.
A drab 0-0 draw with Reading at the weekend shows just how much Grealish makes Villa tick, and there won’t be a more delighted figure than Abraham when the playmaker returns to action at the end of this month.