Paul Merson has offered to act as mentor to Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish. Because that is bound to end well.
Grealish has come in for criticism this week after being pictured partying following Aston Villa’s 4-0 defeat to Everton on Saturday.
Remi Garde has labelled the Englishman “unprofessional”, and former Villa man Merson – who had his own problems during his playing career – has offered his help to the 20-year-old.
“I think he needs to sit down with someone who’s been in that position,” Merson told Sky Sports. “I’d like to sit down with him.
“This lad is a good player. It soon goes and it will quickly go. And if you’re a football fan and you’ve got anything in you that makes you like football then it’s the best job in the world playing it.”
“Someone has to sit him down to say ‘this goes very quickly’.
“George Graham said the same to me when I was doing the same and worse than Grealish.
Merson hopes Grealish takes his punishment seriously, adding: “He’s got the best job in the world.
“Who doesn’t want to play in front of 40,000 fans every week? And I hope it is hurting him today training with the kids and it’s not a laugh and a joke.
“I’d love to sit down with him for an hour and tell him my experiences.”
Merson believes Garde is to blame for Grealish’s discrepancies, saying: “I blame Remi Garde, Grealish should have been on the bus home.
“He knew that player wasn’t going out for a meal, he should have told him that he had spoilt his weekend so he would spoil it for him too.
“Remi Garde is cutting his nose off to spite his face, Grealish should have been fined two week’s wages and told to prove himself.
“Villa need all their talented players on the pitch, Grealish could have been inspired to win those wages back in bonuses.”
Never change, Paul.