Premier League legend Alan Shearer has delivered differing verdicts on the futures of Declan Rice at West Ham United and Jack Grealish at Aston Villa.
Both West Ham and Aston Villa are deep in the relegation mire.
The Hammers looked to have pulled away with a win over Chelsea and a draw at Newcastle.
But defeat to Burnley last night has given Villa extra incentive ahead of their game with Manchester United this evening.
Two clubs with the claret and blues
The claret and blues go head-to-head on the last day of the season in what could turn out to be a relegation play-off.
West Ham have been carried all season long by young midfield enforcer Rice.
And the same is true of the talismanic Grealish at Villa Park.
Hammers hero Rice has been heavily linked with a move to Chelsea in the next window (The Mirror).
Meanwhile Grealish is said to be very much on Manchester United’s radar (Daily Mail).
Shearer delivers differing verdicts on future of Rice and Grealish
Shearer was asked by Coral whether Rice and Grealish need to leave West Ham and Aston Villa respectively if they are to further their careers.
And the pundit presented differing views on the situation, feeling Villa are doomed to relegation and suggesting Grealish won’t want to play in the Championship.
“Well there’s no doubt both have qualities that would be suited to bigger and perhaps better football teams,” Shearer told Coral.
“If either club were to go down – and it’s looking increasingly likely that Aston Villa will go down – I’d be amazed if they were able to keep hold of him and if he would want to play in the Championship.
‘Rice’s future all depends on what happens with West Ham’
“Declan Rice is an excellent player, already been linked with bigger clubs which is no surprise.
“But again I guess that all depends on what happens to West Ham and (more so) Aston Villa.
“But ability wise no doubt that both players could go up and move to the next level.”
It is easy to see why both midfielders are being linked with moves away.
Grealish has an average match rating of 7.24 this season with three man of the match awards (WhoScored.com).
Rice has an average match rating of just under 7 with two man of the match awards (WhoScored.com).