The Villa winger, who made his way to England in the last international break, has scored five goals and assisted five goals – including one strike in Monday night’s loss to West Ham – in just nine matches for his club in the Premier League this season. , having played a major role in their survival in the Premier League last season.
Grealish said he “enjoyed” being compared to Gascoigne when questioned after his last appearance in England during the break, but Sky Sports expert Carragher thinks there is a more precise comparison to be made.
“I’m a big fan of Grealish,” he said. “Graeme Souness criticized him last season for taking too many touches for a midfielder, but I don’t see that; he is not a conventional midfielder. That’s why when I see or hear the links with Paul Gascoigne, I don’t see that. either – he doesn’t play in that position.
“Another player I want to compare him to, because of the position he plays, is Eden Hazard. In that left side of a forehead here, he’s got a similar sort of build, powerful legs, a rear too.
“How many times have we seen Eden Hazard release this acceleration? It is probably a little faster than what we attribute to it. He’s different in that position, he’s not Sterling, Mane, Salah going to do penetrating runs all the time from behind, he’s going to get on his feet more often than not. When he runs over people, it’s at the edge of the box. ”
Hazard has scored 110 goals in 352 games for Chelsea in seven seasons, with his form in his last campaign notably earning him a transfer in the summer of 2019 to join Real Madrid, where injuries have stifled his hopes of replicating his form in Liga.
Meanwhile, Grealish has shone for his childhood club, has been a target for Manchester United this summer and has made his international arc this season.
“We know it’s a small sample size with Grealish comparing his numbers to Hazard’s, if he hits them at the end of the season we can rightly put him very close to Hazard,” said Carragher.
“Let’s not forget it was a brilliant season for Hazard. We say Hazard sometimes has great seasons, sometimes fallouts, his last season was fantastic.
“He’s actually producing numbers above him at the moment. It’s only a quarter of the way, but I think it’s the best comparison over Gascoigne, because of the position he’s playing. ”