There is perhaps no player in the Premier League that knows Aston Villa talisman Jack Grealish better than West Ham United star Vladimir Coufal.

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The West Ham and Villa men have already shared two enthralling and feisty battles this season.

It says a lot about Grealish’s ability that West Ham boss David Moyes played two right backs to try and contain him in the 3-1 victory at Villa Park.

But in truth Coufal didn’t really need Ryan Fredericks. He had Grealish in his pocket all by himself.

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Double trouble for Grealish against West Ham

The Villa playmaker grew so frustrated he switched wings and even played centrally to get away from Coufal.

It shows how well Coufal did against Villa’s main man that when Grealish did switch flanks he managed to get an assist for their goal.

It was in vain, though, as West Ham strode out deserved and comfortable winners.

Since the game social media has been awash with memes about Coufal’s dominant display over Grealish.

From the West Ham man appearing in his rear view mirror to the Hammers right-back having Grealish in his wallet. There was even a great one of Coufal as Gandalf (see below).

Two goal debutante Jesse Lingard stole the show. But Coufal came a close second.

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One particular flash point saw Coufal and Grealish square up to one another with the West Ham man wearing a crazed look.

Coufal himself admitted on social media he can ‘sometimes look like a psycho on the pitch’.

But after the game the Hammers star showed his class by delivering high praise for his opponent.

In an interview with West Ham’s official website, Coufal claimed Aston Villa’s homegrown hero Grealish is the best player in the world right now.

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Vladdy admits he can come across a bit of a psycho but hails Grealish as the best player in the world right now

“I spoke with the manager on Tuesday and we were talking about Grealish,” Coufal told

“He’s probably the best player in the Premier League for creating chances and one-v-one situations right now.

“Maybe he’s the best player in the world at the moment in my point of view, so I expected it to be hard work up against him, but Ryan (Fredericks) and the other boys helped me as well.

“It wasn’t my success, but success for all the team. Everybody helped me and I always do everything for the team.”

It’s a big shout from Coufal.

And it poses another question. If Grealish is the best player in the world right now, what does that make Coufal?

One thing is for sure, the 28-year-old is well on his way to cult hero status at West Ham.

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