Tim Sherwood has slammed Nicolas Pepe following his performance in Arsenal’s 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa, comparing him unfavourably to Jack Grealish.
Pepe signed for £72million last summer and has scored just five Premier League goals, while Grealish has netted seven.
And the former Villa boss hailed the performance of Grealish, while criticising Pepe in comparison.
Sherwood said: “He creates a melee. Lots of players come around him and he releases the ball. You didn’t see the Arsenal players do that.
“I saw them paying £70 million for Nicolas Pepe. £70 million? Nicolas Pepe? If he’s £70 million, Jack Grealish is (worth) £170 million.”
Speaking after the 1-0 win over Arsenal, Grealish was asked by Sky Sports about his future and if it was his last time at Villa Park as Villa’s No.10.
He said: “I’m not sure to be honest at the moment. I have one aim and that’s to keep the club in the Premier League. That’s all I’m thinking about at the moment and it’s all I can think of.
“It would mean everything to me (to stay up). Since we have been back I haven’t been as effective. Not one bit. Pressure is a privilege. I’m probably not as fit as I was before the break.”