Stan Collymore has written an open letter begging Aston Villa winger Jack Grealish to change his ways, following reports that the youngster hosted a wild party in Birmingham which the police were called to.
Having joined Villa at the age of 6, boyhood fan Grealish was seen as one of the club’s most promising up-and-coming players for years when he broke into the first-team in May 2014, but seems to have lost his way somewhat recently.
Last year, Grealish was pictured sprawled out on a road whilst on holiday in Tenerife and was openly criticised for his attitude by previous Villa boss Remi Garde, as the club finished rock bottom of the Premier League and were relegated.
In fact, Grelish appeared in 16 Premier League matches last season – and lost every single one of them.
He signed a new four-year contract earlier this month, but by the looks of things he might have taken the celebrations a little bit too far, and former Villa striker Collymore has attempted to reach out.
Via his Twitter account, Collymore wrote: “I bet you’ve had the following?
“Paid for your pals holidays?
“Had them around you, with them telling you” I’ve got your back Jack?”
“Girls throwing numbers at you in town?
“Had parties in hotels where you’re lucky if 1 or 2 people really give a fuck about you, Jack Grealish?
“You’re a baby in life and a talented kid with it all in front of you. Caps, goals, security, and a very proud family who I saw after the Cup SF at Wembley who were so proud it reminded me of my family.
“They are all you need kid.
“The school pals, the people in town, other players at other clubs( be especially aware of them, the shit ones will happily see you fail), get rid of them if they don’t tick one box. Loyalty.
“Loyalty towards a young footballer unfortunately is boring son. Loyalty is a pal coming round for a coffee or a game of CoD. It’s never taking money, hospitality or encouraging you to be in a place where someone can take a video or photo of you flat on your back. Ever. EVER.
“Some family members don’t know how to treat a young footballer in the family. After all they pay the bills, buy the houses and cars, but if you’ve got anyone today who’s said to you “You’re going to lose it all if you’re not careful, and I’m not happy with this continually happening”, then keep them very very close.”
In a long diatribe, Collymore also went onto mention Gareth Barry as an example of how Grealish should perhaps behave.
You can read the full letter here – but what do you make of Collymore’s advice? Is he the right man to be offering such counselling?
Let us know in the comments section below…
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