Tony Cascarino says Jack Grealish could ‘end up back at Aston Villa’ - here’s why

Grealish is under pressure to perform in his second season at City

Former Aston Villa mifielder Tony Cascarino has warned Jack Grealish that Manchester City could ‘send him back to Aston Villa’ unless his form improves.

Grealish became the most expensive British footballer of all time following his £100 million pound move to Premier League champions Manchester City from Villa Park after the European Championships with England last summer. Despite going on to win the Premier League, Grealish’s debut season at the Etihad was a mixed one, as he found himself in and out of the starting line-up for much of the season.

The 26-year-old also had a quiet game as City were beaten 3-1 by Liverpool in the Community Shield on Saturday (6 August). Speaking on talkSPORT, Cascarino said: “At the end of the season, if he doesn’t pick up his standards, what we know he’s capable of and why they paid £100m for him, he’ll probably be loaned out or he might end up back at Villa.

The ex-Aston Villa captain joined Man City for £100m last summer, scoring three goals and providing three assists in 26 Premier League games.

“He’s not playing well enough consistently for Man City. I’m not talking about being OK, six out of tens. He should be eight or nine. He’s got so much quality.”

Cascarino added: “Jack has got an issue. You can’t be a £100m player and be OK, your standard is higher than that. City’s standard is higher than that and he has been six out of ten too often.”

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