85% passing, 5 dribbles: Newcastle must sign £20,000-a-week star to challenge Ayoze Perez
17/05/2018 07:22 am - Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish helped his team reach the Championship play-off final following their goalless draw against Middlesbrough at Villa Park on Tuesday night in the second leg of their semi-final tie, and Newcastle United should look to snap the 22-year-old up this summer if Steve Bruce’s men don’t win promotion. The England U21 international, who earns £20,000-a-week according to The Sun, was impressive on Teesside on Saturday, and another decent performance in the middle of the park for the Midlands outfit in midweek saw them advance to what should be a brilliant clash between themselves and Fulham at Wembley later this month. Grealish has suffered his fair share of injury issues and controversial moments off the pitch over the course of the last few seasons, but he has stood up to the plate this season. He began the latest fixture with Boro behind Lewis Grabban in a 4-1-4-1 formation, although as well as playing as a central and attacking midfielder, he has also featured as a left winger. The 22-year-old showed his quality on the ball with a passing accuracy of 85% against Tony Pulis’ side, while he successfully completed five dribbles and was fouled on seven occasions, as per . That proved the threat he can bring to opposition teams, and he also had three shots and made one key pass during the 90 minutes. He would certainly be a good addition for Newcastle, whose fans on Twitter are fed up of the links to a player with 34 goals this season, as they surely look to provide Ayoze Perez – despite his brilliant end to the campaign – with some much-needed competition in the No.10 role. He could also play out wide on the left if a permanent move for Chelsea’s Kenedy doesn’t come to fruition.