The pundit shared that he thought McGinn would walk into the Premier League and thrive, while Grealish would be star good enough to walk into any top-six side.
Ashton then added that while he thought Grealish was good enough to play for any top-six side, he also thought the midfielder would improve.
“I think John McGinn will walk into the Premier League and thrive,” said Ashton on Quest’s EFL play-off final recap (21:57, Monday, May 27th).
“I think Jack Grealish will be a star, there’s no doubt about that, I think he could walk into any top-six side as he is that good and he’ll only improve as well.”
Maybe Ashton should calm down a little. There’s no denying Grealish wowed in his 2018/19 campaign upon returning from injury and could feature for a top-six Premier League side, but could he simply walk into their first-teams? Surely not. Grealish may eventually be good enough to walk into Tottenham or Arsenal or even Manchester City’s side, but Ashton is wrong to be so confident at this stage. The 23-year-old attacking midfielder may have previously played in the Premier League before, he has 34 top-flight appearances to his name, but that doesn’t mean he has proven himself in the division. In fact Grealish only showed glimpses of his potential in those 34 outings and it’s now all about showing how good he has become when he returns to the Premier League in his 2019/20 campaign. Aston Villa and its supporters will be hoping Grealish proves himself with them rather than seeks a move, and based on his love of the club, you feel he isn’t going anywhere.