Chelsea have joined the crowded race for Premier League No.10 playmaker

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Jack Grealish is lighting up the PL, and Chris Sutton thinks he will be ‘closely scrutinised’ by England’s elite, with Aston Villa facing a battle to keep hold of their captain.

Jack Grealish was relegated from the top division of English football in 2016 with his boyhood club, leaving the burning spotlight of the Premier League with a reputation of a talented player who lacks the application to fulfil his potential.

After three years in the Championship where he bulked up and matured, Jack Grealish, with his slicked-back hair and pulled down socks, guided his beloved Villa back to the promised land of top-flight football via the play-offs.

Jack Grealish is viewed as a ‘big threat’ by Frank Lampard – whose the Blues team he will face on Wednesday night – and Gareth Southgate will have a hard time leaving him out of the next England squad, with Jack Grealish contributing directly (three goals and four assists) more than any other English midfielder in the Premier League.

Stats don’t do Jack Grealish justice. The swagger to his play and the effortless manner in which he glides past opponents can’t be captured by numbers – Jack Grealish is a once in a generation player, whose personality flows through his unshackled football.

Of course, now he’s doing it in the big time, speculation is mounting. The ‘Big Six’ have all been linked with the Brummie maverick, with figures up to £90million being plucked out of the air as a recommended price tag for one of the bright sparks of English football.