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PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Dean Smith has spoke glowingly of Jack Grealish's leadership skills after the skipper attempted to galvanise his Aston Villa teammates at half-time against Everton. The 25-year-old returned from an 89-day absence for the final 20 minutes in the goalless draw against the Toffees while, at the break, Grealish spoke to the likes of John McGinn, Keinan Davis and Anwar El Ghazi in an attempt to help his side find the breakthrough. "He's become a really mature captain of the football club," Smith said, with Grealish immediately taking back his captain's armband off Tyrone Mings when he came on. "I witnessed that today (vs Everton), just going in at half-time. "He was one of the first ones already chatting to the players about what we can do a little bit better. He has matured as a lad. He understands the game, that's for sure. That’s why he’s playing at the top level." Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will auto-play soon8Cancel Play now Head coach Smith was asked about Grealish's England prospects knowing he's been out of action for the best part of three months with his shin issue. The Villa skipper still isn't' ready to start at Palace on Sunday with England's upcoming Euro 2020 warm-up games with Austria and Romania just over a fortnight away. "First and foremost, he’s got to be chosen to go to the Euros," Smith explained. "I’m sure he will be, such has been his quality this season. "I’ve no doubt that in the next three games he’ll continue to show that.
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"But I trust my medical staff and the handover policies we’ll have with England. He’ll be managed correctly, no doubts about that. We look forward to having a fit Jack Grealish back for the Euros should he get selected." As for Smith, he was asked about this weekend's opponents Palace with the Eagles labelled a one-man team based on star winger Wilfried Zaha. Villa have had that one-man tag labelled at them this season given Grealish's absence with Smith's side winning just three times without him over the course of three months.
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Smith said of claims Villa and Palace rely on their star man: "That’s very unfair on both teams. This is only our second season in the Premier League, we’re building a team that we feel can be capable of fighting for Europe. "Jack will be the first to say the team has improved this season, the quality of players has improved. I just look at the team now: Ezri Konsa is pushing for an international spot, as is Matt Targett; Ollie Watkins has already got into the England team; and we’ve got John McGinn who’s getting better and better for Scotland. "So the quality of our team is getting better and better and that’s what we need to continue to do. Jack is an exceptional talent so it’s very hard to get many players of that level. But we’re certainly working on the players who we’ve got."
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