Date: 7th March 2018 at 4:00pm
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OPINION

Aston Villa host Championship leaders Wolves on Saturday and Scott Hogan should be replaced by playmaker Jack Grealish in the starting XI.

Steve Bruce’s side welcome the league leaders to Villa Park and will be looking to keep up their push for the automatic spots.

Wolves are currently three points clear at the top of the table, but if they fail to win away to Leeds United on Wednesday night they will be on a four-game winless run.

Third-placed Villa are currently seven points adrift of the league leaders and will still hold hope of catching them, while second-placed Cardiff are only four points in front of them.

Villa managed to ease past Sunderland 3-0 on Tuesday night and it’s clear that Grealish must be recalled to the starting XI against Wolves.

The 22-year-old attacking midfielder was given a cameo appearance off the bench as he returned from a three-game absence due to a calf injury.

He looked very lively when he entered the action against Sunderland and prove what a creative source he can be behind the striker.

Grealish must be thrown straight back into the side by Bruce as he has the quality to rip apart a Wolves team that have hit a mini blip.

The English sensation can be highly influential on his day and he will create key opporuntites for his teammates.

Hogan should be the player that drops out and having an extra body in midfield against Wolves is a smart move.

The 25-year-old striker is without a league goal in last five matches and in-form Lewis Grabban deserves the starting role in the lone position.

Hogan will no doubt play an important role in the promotion bid during the remainder of the campaign, but Grealish must be unleashed in a pivotal match against Wolves at the weekend.