Behind the scenes, no doubt Manchester United Football Club are putting in the work ahead of a busy summer transfer window.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made some brilliant signings over the last two transfer windows, however, this next one is probably his most important. Get this one right and maybe, just maybe, United can compete for major honours once again.
Amongst the biggest needs is another creative force. Yes, Bruno Fernandes has been exceptional but simply put, he can’t do it all on his own. Hence the Jack Grealish vs James Maddison debate rumbles on…
The last we heard was that Solskjaer was starting to prefer Grealish over Maddison. In terms of skill and age, both are neck and neck. It all comes down to personal preference.
It seems as though United treble winner, Jonathan Greening, is leaning towards Grealish too. His reasoning behind it definitely makes sense, with the former midfielder urging the Reds to prioritise the 24-year-old over Maddison:
‘Over the past few months there’s been talk of Grealish coming or Maddison coming,’ Greening told Metro.co.uk. ‘I actually feel I would prefer Jack Grealish.’
‘Maddison is a very good player, super technical, he can create, great passing both short and long, and great on set plays.
‘Jack Grealish, however, has that little bit of difference, he can take players on, he can drive forwards with the ball, and slide that pass through. ‘He’s got that bit of grit and determination; and doesn’t like losing, you can see that in his game.’
‘Maddison is also maybe a bit too similar to Fernandes, whereas Jack Grealish will bring in something different, he can find pockets of space, he can drive at opponents and take on 2-3 players in one movement.’
‘He’d be a better player at United with the current squad than Maddison would be for me.’
I must admit, before the year’s turn, I was always a Maddison man. However, I have been super-impressed with Grealish this season. He’s playing in a far less talented team but the output is still better than Maddison’s.
Plus, Grealish has that swagger, that cockiness which you often need to make it at the absolute highest level. As Greening says, Grealish is a different type of player to Fernandes, whereas Maddison is almost a carbon copy.
For versatility, a cheaper transfer fee and a different player, it does feel like Grealish is the proper play. He’d almost certainly be available if Aston Villa go down, too, whereas we know how tough Leicester City are to negotiate with – just look at the Harry Maguire deal…