Jack Grealish has thanked John Terry for helping him fulfil his potential this season, leading Aston Villa on a promotion charge.
The 22-year old was viewed as a huge talent for the future when he emerged onto the scene in 2015, but since then he has struggled for consistent form.
Not only that, injuries, relegation and negative media attention have derailed his career up to this point, however he has started to turn things around this season.
Grealish credits the influence of former England and Chelsea captain Terry for keeping him on the straight and narrow. Grealish said;
Me and him are always in the training ground chatting and doing whatever. I do get on so well with him.
Everyone knows how much of a good player he has been and what he has done in the game. When he first signed I had to pinch myself.
He is so professional in everything he does that rubs off on us young players. I will be thinking: ‘do I need to be doing that’ when he is doing it because look where he has got. Things like ice baths, massages and not going home after training straight away.
He is always the last person there eating properly and doing everything right.
Grealish also credits the influence of manager Steve Bruce for his upturn of form, saying;
It is probably the best form of my life. The manager has helped me massively.
Under certain other managers I would have got dropped straight away for having not one of my best games. This manager now has a trust in me that I can produce something.
In some games I wasn’t at my best but he stuck with me.
We have a little battle as he always says something like: ‘I want you to get to 12km a game’.
He is always showing me stats of Roberto Firmino and Kevin De Bruyne, where they are. He feels if they can do it, why can’t I? But most of the time Man City and Liverpool have got the ball.
I scored last weekend though, again against Cardiff and I want to keep building my goals and assists as well as playing well and winning.