Dean Smith: The place’s Jack Grealish going? Getting drunk with me!

Dean Smith additionally says Villa used the lockdown interval higher than another facet

Final Up to date: 26/07/20 7:59pm

Jack Grealish celebrates Aston Villa's survival

Jack Grealish celebrates Aston Villa’s survival

Dean Smith joked that Jack Grealish’s instant plans are to get drunk, relatively than focus on his future, as Aston Villa secured their Premier League standing.

Smith’s Villa drew 1-1 at West Ham on the ultimate day of the season, because of Watford’s defeat at Arsenal, regardless of their survival seeming practically not possible only a fortnight in the past.

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FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from the 1-1 draw between West Ham and Aston Villa within the Premier League

FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from the 1-1 draw between West Ham and Aston Villa within the Premier League

Consideration will now flip to the summer time, with only a seven-week break earlier than the brand new season begins, and the way forward for Villa’s talisman Grealish, who has been linked with a number of Premier League golf equipment.

However Smith insists celebrations are in the beginning in his thoughts, and stated he would price some huge cash for golf equipment to signal.

Requested about Grealish’s future, Smith stated: “He goes out and will get drunk with me now!”

He later added: “We have got billionaire homeowners and he’d price rather a lot, some huge cash.”

Grealish has been linked with a host of Premier League clubs

Grealish has been linked with a number of Premier League golf equipment

He additionally instructed BT Sport: “I will sit down with the sporting director, CEO and homeowners tomorrow, however allow us to get pleasure from that is nice achievement. We have been written off by many individuals and we have managed to remain up on the ultimate day.”

Villa picked up eight factors from their ultimate 4 video games to outlive by only a single level, and have been noticeably extra strong defensively after the restart.

Smith, who misplaced his father Ron to coronavirus throughout the lockdown interval, has beforehand stated he watched each Villa recreation throughout the three-month break, and believes his facet used that interval higher than another.

Villa’s change because the restart

(Per recreation) Earlier than restart After restart
Pictures heading in the right direction confronted 5.6 2.8
Targets conceded 2 1.1
Pictures confronted 18.1 10.1
Errors resulting in pictures 0.85 0.2

“It is a magnificent achievement from everyone,” he instructed BT Sport. “It is a proud second, and it really feels higher than final yr going up within the play-offs.

“Whether or not we would stayed up or gone down as we speak, I might have stated the identical factor: it was an enormous change we needed to make on the soccer membership on the finish of the season. Not many individuals perceive we needed to construct a brand new squad, folks simply regarded on the cash we spent.

Dean Smith also says Villa used the lockdown period better than any other side

Dean Smith additionally says Villa used the lockdown interval higher than another facet

“We used the pandemic the most effective I really feel – I misplaced my father in that interval, so there was a whole lot of disappointment – however we labored very laborious, as a result of we knew we needed to be defensively higher.

“They have been written off by everyone and so they have been relegated after Leicester. There have been folks, like my Dad, who misplaced their lives by the pandemic and we have come again and used that interval properly. It was our day as we speak.”

What’s subsequent?

The 2020/21 Premier League season kicks off on September 12 2020, and can run till Might 23 2021. The EFL has confirmed the Championship season will begin on the identical weekend, with their common seasons ending on the weekend of Might 8 2021.

Premier League golf equipment have voted for the summer time switch window to open the day after the 2019/20 season ends – on Monday July 27 – and run for 10 weeks.

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