How does one go from being one of England’s brightest young international prospects, to disappearing into the abyss?
Just ask Jack Grealish.
Last year, the twenty year old was in sublime form for Aston Villa; playing a major part in their great escape from relegation.
This year, his energetic flair has been in-existent, in a season where The Lions needed it most.
Aston Villa’s collapse this season has potentially left the career of their brightest youngster in jeopardy.
A horror year has seen one of England’s most historically decorated clubs, sink to the second tier of English football for the first time in the ‘Premier League’.
Fans have pointed the finger at the board, the senior players, and the manager, who have only managed to produce three wins this season.
Chairmen David Bernstein and Lord King resigned only days after Villa were confirmed relegation.
GREALISH’S FALL FROM GRACE
The creative midfielder has only made 14 appearances in the Premier League this season.
Many have begun to question how the youngster drifted so far off track.
The signs may have been right in front of us back in July last year.
Grealish was caught passed out on the street, during a night out on his holiday on the Spanish island of Tenerife.
The leadership of Villa’s seniors has also been put into question as well.
Constant discontent from fans throughout the season has seen a breakdown in relationship between the faithful and the players.
The behaviour by the senior players has been a total disgrace.
Gary Agbonlahor was pictured partying in a hotel the night Villa were relegated. He has been absent from the side due to lack of fitness and putting on excess weight.
The comments made by two time Premier League winner Joleon Lescott sums up Villa’s senior leadership in a nutshell.
“It’s about results so regardless of how we played in patches today we are relegated … But now it’s confirmed maybe it’s a weight off the shoulders and we can give these fans what they deserve, some performances”.
Despite successful campaigns with other clubs, the damage caused by some of Villa’s most senior players cannot be undone.
Grealish has been a Villa fan since birth, joining the club at only six years old.. His history with the club lies deep within the bloodlines, with his great grandfather Billy Garraty, winning the FA Cup Final with Aston Villa in 1905.
It leaves the youngster with one of the hardest decisions he will ever make.
To leave the poisonous environment at Aston Villa for the better of his career, or to stick by his childhood club and fight in the Championship for promotion.
Grealish may already be living to regret one decision he made last year; Pledging his allegiance to the English national team, despite spending the majority of his youth playing for the Republic of Ireland.
That decision has come back to haunt him, as he looks extremely unlikely to be selected for England’s Euro 2016 squad.
He would have been a sure case to play for Ireland in France, but it now seems uncertain if he will ever get a cap for The Three Lions.
What is certain, is that Grealish has age on his side, still has time to turn everything around.
If your a Villa fan we would love to hear what you think of Jack Grealish, and whether he should stay or go?