JACK GREALISH can turn into the Paul Gascoigne of his era.
Bryan Robson can also be satisfied all of it doesn’t have to finish in tears for the Aston Villa star the best way it did for Gazza.
Bryan Robson has claimed that Jack Grealish can show the Paul Gascoigne of his eraCredit score: Rex Options
The Manchester United legend is blown away by the similarities between the Aston Villa captain and GazzaCredit score: Getty Pictures – Getty
Captain Marvel is blown away by how a lot 25-year-old Grealish reminds him of the celebrity he performed with and went on to handle.
Manchester United and England legend Robbo declared: “No English participant lately has excited me as a lot as Grealish does.
“It’s the best way he glides previous individuals, his vary of passing, he’s so pleasing on the attention.
“Grealish is all the time on the entrance foot, all the time trying to create.
“It’s what Gazza cherished doing, utilizing his means to go previous defenders on either side, scoring nice targets, pleasing the group.
“And a few of Grealish’s targets have been excellent.
“You’ll be able to see that, identical to Gazza, he loves what he’s doing in having the ability to manipulate the ball.
“Grealish has received that pure means the identical as Gazza.
“It’s what units them aside from the remainder.”
Grealish has received that pure means the identical as Gazza. It’s what units them aside from the remainder.
Thirty years in the past, Robson performed behind Gascoigne because the Geordie boy got here by way of the audition that satisfied the then England boss Bobby Robson to take him to the 1990 World Cup in Italy.
Robson had feared Gascoigne was an excessive amount of of a maverick to belief.
However the then 22-year-old playmaker arrange the primary three targets and scored the final one in a 4–2 win over Czechoslovakia in April 1990 and he was in.
Gareth Southgate was equally cautious of placing his belief in Grealish — showing to baulk at a rising nationwide demand to play him.
He appeared to point his desire was for Mason Mount and said the 21-year-old Chelsea midfielder’s “only crime is not to be Jack”.
But Southgate’s thoughts should now be made up on Grealish, who in simply his fourth England look and second successive begin, still managed to dazzle in Sunday’s 2–0 defeat against world No 1 Belgium.
Robson has hailed Grealish’s Gazza-like means to beat defendersCredit score: Getty Pictures – Getty
Southgate referred to as his efficiency “excellent” and Robson, 63, added: “No query, I’d have Grealish at subsequent 12 months’s Euros.
“And I’ve received to say now I’m feeling higher and higher about our possibilities.”
One cause he’s so optimistic is due to Grealish’s Gazza-like means to beat defenders — solely with a unique twist.
Robbo, who managed Gascoigne at Middlesbrough within the late Nineties, mentioned: “Gazza’s power was to go previous gamers on both facet.
“He had this unbelievable knack of pushing you within the chest, then accelerating away from you — by truly fouling you first.
“Grealish does it otherwise but it surely’s the identical end result and may be devastating.
“He’s received large leg mucles, calf muscular tissues particularly and that makes him very fast.
“That permits him to go both facet after which like Gazza did, he’s away.
No query, I’d have Grealish at subsequent 12 months’s Euros. And I’ve received to say now I’m feeling higher and higher about our possibilities.
“It’s the little issues, the minor issues when you like, which might be actually essential to be a prime participant.
“They’re minor however they’re magic as a result of different individuals can’t do it.
“Gazza had that particular magic about him in the best way he might get away from individuals. Grealish has that too.”
Robson believes the Villa Park star can also have one high quality Gazza didn’t possess — the flexibility to maintain his head.
There was his second of insanity within the 1991 FA Cup remaining when the Spurs ace went right into a flying lunge on Nottingham Forest’s Gary Charles and condemned himself to 16 months out with severe cruciate knee ligament injury.
The 12 months earlier than he shed tears in Turin after selecting up a reserving in opposition to West Germany within the semi-final at Italia 90.
He cried as a result of he thought that warning would preserve him out of the ultimate however England misplaced on penalties.
In distinction, Grealish confirmed he might preserve his cool when he refused to be postpone his recreation after being punched by a Birmingham supporter during a highly-charged Midlands derby two seasons ago and went on to attain the winner.
Robson claimed Grealish has the expertise to maintain his head regardless of his rising fameCredit score: Getty Pictures – Getty
Robson added: “The one factor Gazza would do can be to get himself into hassle.
“He was actually aggressive and that’s how he would get himself within the guide, how he would get himself injured.
“Gazza would dive into tackles. However Grealish doesn’t do this and that’s a superb factor.
“He stays out of hassle, he stays on the park and it retains him from getting injured, whereas Gazza typically did as a result of he typically didn’t management that aggressive streak.”
Sadly for Gascoigne, the calls for of Gazzamania had been an excessive amount of for him to deal with and he later confessed to being an alcoholic, in addition to affected by despair and different psychological well being issues.
The power Robson sees in Grealish is as a lot psychological as bodily.
It suggests to him he would be capable of deal with issues if, like Gascoigne, he grew to become a Three Lions icon.
Robbo mentioned: “That stress is an element and parcel of being a prime England participant.
“Raheem Sterling’s gone by way of it, Harry Kane’s gone by way of it, take a look at what Marcus Rashford goes by way of with all of the publicity regarding his work off the sphere.
“Jack has handled points himself at Villa and there’s no cause why he can’t cope now — and I feel he can.”