For many the idea that Jack Grealish could be a great footballer has been built more on hype than actual evidence. Today though, he really stepped up to the mark and showed his potential.
The midfielder was involved in both of Aston Villa's goals in their FA Cup semi-final win against Liverpool, providing the assist for Fabian Delph's game winner with a deftly played pass.
Speaking to BT Sport after the game, Tim Sherwood expressed his belief in the Irish U21 international.
He could be right up there amongst the best of them. The ball is his friend. He likes to receive it he doesn't look at it, he knows where it is, he shifts it, he's got a turn of foot, takes a lot of knocks, but he can take it.
The Villa manager was not the only one impressed with Grealish's performance.
Villa the better side in the first half. Grealish looks a great talent, Benteke and Delph excellent.
— Didi Hamann (@DietmarHamann) April 19, 2015
Jack Grealish is one of those rare footballers who has the ability to do things in his own sweet time
— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceIndy) April 19, 2015
Jack Grealish playing in a relaxed world of his own at the moment. Has anyone told him this is an FA Cup semi-final? Excellent & so composed — Phil McNulty (@philmcnulty) April 19, 2015
Villa have started well. Lots of possession. Grealish looks a threat. #avfcvslfc
— Michael Foley (@MickFoley76) April 19, 2015
Villa were superb today , especially Delph and Grealish. Well deserved win over strangely flat and limp Liverpool.
— Ian Darke (@IanDarke) April 19, 2015
Michael O'Leary should offer Jack Grealish free shares in Ryanair rather than just free flights to get him to play for Ireland.
— Chris McKenna (@cmckennasport) April 19, 2015
Standing ovation and thunderous applause from Villa fans for Jack Grealish, who has been excellent. — Tom Williams (@tomwfootball) April 19, 2015
if Raheem Sterling wants £200k a week, then how much is Jack Grealish worth?
— John Brewin (@JohnBrewinESPN) April 19, 2015
Jack Grealish this boy is a serious footballer ????????????????
— fabrice muamba (@fmuamba) April 19, 2015