Stan Collymore has despatched a caution to Manchester Town’s Jack Grealish and mentioned that Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp will really feel he ‘dodged a bullet’ through now not signing the previous Aston Villa celebrity.
Grealish has been away with pals in Las Vegas this summer time having received the Premier League name in his debut season at Town after his £100m transfer from his boyhood membership. Photos of the England global playing himself were around the newspapers and on social media.
Collymore, any other lifelong Villa fan, says Grealish reminds him of himself after he made his £8.5m switch to Liverpool from Nottingham Wooded area in 1995.
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And he has recommended the 26-year-old, who were connected with Liverpool throughout his time at Villa Park. to concentrate on his soccer to steer clear of the similar errors he made.
“I flinch each and every time I see him at the entrance of a newspaper as a result of my fear is that, with the acquiescence of the media, he’s portray himself as, ‘the brand new Gazza’,” Collymore informed The Replicate.
“Everybody has been in search of one and we idea it may well be Phil Foden for some time, but when Jack isn’t cautious it’s going to be him. Once I learn he was once going to Las Vegas with a load of friends, I assumed the media was once environment the scene for a wild weekend. For all we knew, they may were going off on a Buddhist retreat — however clearly the narrative is already proper on account of path he was once going to stay at the Beatles shades along with his bleached blond hair and all of the tools.
“I ensure Jurgen Klopp will probably be seeing the footage and considering, ‘I dodged a bullet there’. Whilst his boss at Town, Pep Guardiola, will probably be pronouncing, ‘k, you’re pickling your liver. Neatly, let’s see what you’re like in pre-season in comparison to the opposite boys’.”
Collymore was once by no means a ways from the headlines and was once desirous about a large number of arguable incidents during his profession. Throughout his 2d season at Anfield he turned into the topic of accelerating media scrutiny, as he and a few of his team-mates had been accused of being unprofessional. The squad was once dubbed the ‘Spice Boys’ through newspapers.
Whilst he was once initially, extraordinarily a hit, Collymore’s profession started to dwindle as he jumped from membership to membership ahead of retiring elderly 31. And he’s cautious of the similar factor going down to Grealish.
“What Jack has achieved is principally what I did after signing for Liverpool in 1995,” mentioned Collymore, who scored 35 objectives in 81 appearances for the Reds. “I handled all my friends to a vacation in Ayia Napa and the paps had been there, getting footage of me doing bungee jumps and popping out of bars, having a pint in squares with a tender Frank Lampard and Jamie Redknapp. So I do know what’s coming for Jack and what’s coming is, at the start, they are saying, ‘nice shopping lad, all proper, Jack, he’s playing it’. And he’ll be considering, ‘I will be able to play soccer and move out, what a super existence that is’.
“However then he’ll have a run of dangerous video games and the dye will probably be forged, and as soon as it’s forged it’s very tough to get off. The issue then comes whilst you get an damage as a result of if Town carry somebody else in and make a decision to biff Jack off, I simply don’t need him to be the circus I used to be, the place you move from membership to membership to membership shopping to feel free, then you definately move to Bradford who’re suffering, then to Spain to check out to rescue your profession, and ahead of you understand it you’re achieved and dusted at 31.
“He has alternatives to make now — he can both stay taking part in soccer and partying, despite the fact that I’m but to grasp of someone who can do each neatly. Or he can turn out to be like Kevin De Bruyne, who you hardly ever pay attention of past soccer. When he’s completed, he’ll nonetheless best be early-30s and a handsome boy, and there’ll be numerous time to do all of the issues he desires to do then.
“Don’t get me mistaken, he’ll win trophies with Town if he is going at the toot seven days every week however he received’t be the highest guy. Lovers are already pronouncing, ‘come on, he received the Premier League ultimate yr’, however how a lot did he give a contribution? I simply need him to do neatly — he’s from my neck of the woods and he strikes a chord in my memory of me a little bit, a little bit gullible, possibly, and now not as in keep watch over of the whole thing as he thinks.
“He’s sorted through Jonathan Barnett, Gareth Bale’s agent, and he must step up now and say, ‘are we supporting Jack to be an elite athlete or a garments or hair type?’ They’ve treated Gareth completely and now I would like them to do the similar with Jack.”