Aston Villa won promotion back to the Premier League on Monday. In the Championship play-off final, Aston Villa fended off the challenge of Derby County to win 2-1 at Wembley.
Goals from Anwar El Ghazi and John McGinn either side of the break put Aston Villa in a dominant position. Jack Marriott’s late goal made things interesting. But Aston Villa closed out the victory to seal their place in the top-flight after a three-year hiatus in the second tier.
While celebrations are still ongoing in Birmingham, this could have an impact on West Ham, too. The Hammers’ hopes of signing Jack Grealish appear to be all but over.
Jack Grealish: West Ham target
According to reliable insider EXWHUEmployee on a recent podcast, Grealish was on West Ham’s wishlist. The Irons were hoping Aston Villa stayed in the Championship so they could poach Grealish from them.
The 23-year-old has spearheaded Aston Villa’s promotion push since returning from injury. With skill, guile and an eye for goal, Grealish has captained Aston Villa from mid-table to promotion.
With six goals and seven assists this season, it is no surprise to see West Ham among the interested teams. But promotion will surely end this pursuit.
Grealish is a boyhood Aston Villa fan, having grown up in Solihull and come through the ranks with his beloved Villans. The chance to play Premier League football with Aston Villa again will be too appealing for the young midfielder.
At Villa Park, Grealish is the star man. He is a fan favourite. And most importantly, he is playing and skippering Aston Villa every week with pride. It would be very unlikely that he would leave Aston Villa to join West Ham.
If Aston Villa had lost in the play-off final, West Ham could have offered Grealish a path to the Premier League. But now that he has that at Aston Villa, it makes sense for him to remain in the West Midlands.