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Exclusive: Stephen Warnock talks Grealish replacement and possible budget summer at Aston Villa



Aston Villa will be watching this week’s Championship games with keen interest as some of the sides around them in the table take to the field.

Villa are in a decent position at the moment and will be hoping that they get another shot at the play-offs, before making it to the Premier League.

If they don’t, though, there might well be concern over the future of Jack Grealish and, that said, the Birmingham Mail have reported that Dean Smith could look to Henri Lansbury to step up.

Would Lansbury be the ideal replacement for Grealish if he left, then? We spoke to EFL on Quest pundit Stephen Warnock to see what he felt.

And, telling us exclusively, he suggested it might be a sign that there’s not a lot of cash for the summer at the moment…

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“I think they’re completely different players.

“To me, that suggests their transfer budget isn’t going to be that big again in the summer and they’re trying to make the best of the squad that they’ve got right now.

“They’re trying to give belief to players that they are not out of the squad completely and they’ve got a career ahead of them.

“In terms of Lansbury, he’d often have a spell where he scored consistently for seven or eight weeks earlier in his career at the likes of Nottingham Forest but he’s never had that consistent period over a long time.

“He’s a very good player but he’s not at the same level of Jack Grealish but then I don’t think you can ask Henri to do Jack’s job and I don’t think you could ask Jack to do Henri’s.

“They’re completely different players for me.”

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