Comparing Aston Villa’s PL record with and without Jack Grealish

Aston Villa have struggled to shake off the charge that they were a one-man team with homegrown star Jack Grealish, with a poor record since he was sold to Manchester City.

Grealish is yet to set the world alight since his record-breaking £100million move to join Pep Guardiola’s squad. But you only need to look at how Villa – in spite of investing the money in the likes of Emiliano Buendia and Leon Bailey – have performed to see how big the void he left was.

Their five successive defeats and 10 points from their opening 11 games of the 2021-22 season tell a story – but what do the stats say about Grealish’s involvement overall?

We’ve gone back to the start of the 2019-20 season, Villa’s first back in the top flight, to see exactly how important Grealish has been. Spoiler: pretty damn important.

With Jack Grealish starting

Games: 60
Wins: 22
Draws: 11
Defeats: 27

Points per game: 1.28
Win rate: 36%

Goals: 79
Goals per game: 1.31
Goals against: 89
Goals against per game: 1.48

Without Jack Grealish starting

Games: 27
Wins: 6
Draws: 5
Defeats: 16

Points per game: 0.85
Win rate: 22%

Goals: 31
Goals per game: 1.14
Goals against: 44
Goals against per game: 1.62

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