David Prutton has claimed that the absence of Jack Grealish hands Leeds United a “definite benefit” against Aston Villa this evening.
The Sky Sports pundit admitted that after watching the away side against Leicester last weekend, they struggled without their influential captain.
Marcelo Bielsa admitted that he wanted the English international to start, but Prutton claims his absence will boost the Whites massively.
Writing in his weekly Yorkshire Evening Post column, Prutton believes that it is advantage Leeds before a ball is even kicked at Elland Road.
“Jack Grealish’s absence through injury is of definite benefit to Leeds United in tonight’s Premier League clash at Elland Road,” he said.
“I saw Villa last weekend against Leicester and they missed him.
“I can see what he is saying and Marcelo is always very effusive in his praise of other people. But it should be a good game and it gives Leeds a big fillip really knowing that Villa’s best player is not playing.”
We understood what Bielsa meant by his claim, but we would definitely prefer to play Villa without Grealish, with not many sides more reliant on one player than them.
According to WyScout, no other player has made more key passes in Europe’s top-five leagues than Grealish, who is a clear threat in the final third.
Prutton is spot on with his verdict, although the Whites have plenty of players missing themselves for the clash and can’t get carried away.
Kalvin Phillips and Rodrigo will be missing, and that midfield battle could decide who wins this key with these key absences for both sides.
In other Leeds United news, Phil Hay claims Helder Costa could start against Aston Villa