'Couldn't believe how good he was': Jack Grealish praises Tammy Abraham

Aston Villa star Jack Grealish said he was surprised by Tammy Abraham’s ability with the ball when the two played together last season.

It is safe to say, the Chelsea striker is a popular figure among Villa fans after his impressive season-long loan spell last season.

The 22-year-old’s 26 goals were instrumental for Villa in securing promotion back to the Premier League.

Having seen firsthand what Abraham could do with the ball despite his imposing stature, Villa captain Grealish has nothing but praise for his former teammate.

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In a Q&A session on his Instagram, Grealish wrote about Tammy: “Unbelievable. Couldn’t believe how good he was with the ball for how tall he is. Loved playing with him.”

Abraham previously compared Grealish with his former Chelsea teammate Eden Hazard.

Speaking on Aston Villa’s YouTube Channel, he said: “The things he has, things he can do with the ball – you can’t teach it. He’s born with it.

“He reminds me of Eden Hazard. Once Jack adds a few more goals and assists, he’ll be on that level.

“He has the same attributes – the way he dribbles, protects the ball, sees a pass, plays one-twos. He’s very intelligent.”

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Tammy went back to Chelsea after his loan stint at Villa and has been the club’s top scorer under Frank Lampard, bagging 13 goals in 25 appearances in the Premier League.

Meanwhile, although Villa are second from bottom in the table, Grealish has been one of the best performers in the league, scoring seven and assisting six from 26 appearances.

We may see the pair link-up together again on the international stage in the future.

Tammy earned his England debut last year and, although Grealish is yet to get his England call-up, as Frank Lampard told Goal about the Villa ace’s chance for England debut: “It’ll probably be a matter of time”.

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