The Athletic’s Aston Villa correspondent, Gregg Evans, has featured on the latest edition of their 1874 podcast to discuss all things Villa-related.
Would Villa have made Europe if Grealish stayed fit?
However, Evans was clearly frustrated by what could have been this season had their star man, Jack Grealish, remained fit for the full season.
Villa will now finish 11th in the Premier League table, however, Evans believes the Midlands club could have achieved a lot more had Grealish stayed fit:
“It’s no coincidence that Villa had 20 chances [vs Tottenham]. They had 20 shots on goal, that was the most they’ve had away from home all season, which you know, is quite incredible.
“And the fact that it corresponds at the time when Grealish comes back and starts for the first time, it’s no coincidence, is it?
“So Villa are much better with him and it’s just a real shame that he missed so [much] of this season. Because I’m convinced if he had been around or had been available for the whole of the season, Villa would be going into Sunday’s game with Chelsea with the chance of European football, if not already secured.”
TIF Thoughts on Evans’ comments…
Initially, Evans’ comments could seem a bit far-fetched, however, when you look at the league table, it suggests otherwise.
With defeat against Sheffield United and draws against Wolves, Newcastle United and West Brom, it really would have been interesting to see where Villa would sit in the table had Grealish played in those games.