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Grealish wants to be 'happy playing football again' as speculation about loan move mounts

The 19-year-old Aston Villa winger has been linked with Nottingham Forest and Wolves in recent weeks.

Grealish has mainly been used as a substitute this season.
Grealish has mainly been used as a substitute this season.
Image: PA Archive/Press Association Images

JACK GREALISH HAS suggested that he is frustrated with the lack of first team opportunities at Aston Villa.

The Ireland U21 international has made just two starts for Villa this season, both of which were in cup games, while all nine of his Premier League appearances have come from the bench.

Currently 15th in the table, the Birmingham club are the lowest scorers in England’s top flight with a measly 11 goals from 22 games while Andreas Weiman (2) is the only player with more than one assist.

In spite of those worrying stats, 19-year-old attacker Grealish has been unable to cement a regular place in the team and yesterday he tweeted a picture taken during his loan spell at Notts County with the words: “Can’t wait to be happy playing football again.”

He later deleted the tweet.

Jack Grealish tweet happy Source: Twitter/JackGrealish1 via Birmingham Mail

Grealish has been linked with a loan move until the end of the season with Championship clubs Nottingham Forest and Wolves both reported to be interested.

However, Wolves boss Kenny Jackett has denied making an enquiry about the player, while Forest manager Stuart Pearce joked that he might as well be discussing Cristiano Ronaldo.

It’s a difficult one, you’re asking me to speculate on a player that I’ve not confirmed I’m interested in at the moment and suggest what impact he might have at my football club,” Pearce told Sky Sports.

“He’s quite good, with a bright future. Let’s talk about Ronaldo now, I could probably give you a better analysis on his impact!”

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