Roy Keane is now a Jack Grealish disciple, claiming “the guy is going on to great things”, a month after being slightly confused by the hype.
Following England’s 1-0 loss to Denmark in October, Keane was perplexed by Ian Wright’s high praise of Grealish.
Wright said: “I would have liked to have seen him [Grealish] come on.
“He brought Jordan Henderson on. Fine! But the fact is, bring him on. We needed some creativity in the middle – He was MOTM against Wales. He sat out two games.
“You need someone who runs with the ball. Passes the ball through. He’s not afraid in any situation on the pitch to show for the ball and try to make something happen.”
But Keane was of the mind that Grealish isn’t quite the godsend he’s been built up to be.
“I am intrigued,” Keane said. “You have said he has played 14 minutes of competitive football for England yet all of a sudden, I know Wrighty loves him and we all know he’s got a chance of being a very good player.
“It’s like he’s the messiah. The messiah for England.”
But now, following another impressive display in England’s 3-0 win over Ireland as well as for Aston Villa throughout the season, Keane is a full-on Grealish-ite.
Keane told ITV on Thursday: “We are always questioning about his end product, that has improved over the last six months.
“It was a cushy night for him. It was his second start, this guy is going on to great things, no doubt in my mind.
“Jack has said his experience coming into the England squad, working with top players, you cannot beat it.
“You talk about coaching, I think sometimes you learn more from working with better players and we can see that, even from a couple of appearances he has had for England.”