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Until recently Jack Grealish was routinely pigeon-holed as a self-destructive, troubled talent but Steve Bruce believes his playmaker was merely a victim of Aston Villa’s once noxious dressing-room culture.
If there is no reason to doubt the Villa manager’s assessment, Grealish also seems to have done an awful lot of growing up. The 22-year-old would – if Villa go up – return to the Premier League as an infinitely more mature version of the midfielder who once drove managers to distraction.