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Conor Hourihane on Grealish | 'If you get a yellow, he knows he's got you'

Ciaran Bradley
Ciaran Bradley

21:48 11 Feb 2021


Conor Hourihane has discussed his life at Swansea City, on loan from Aston Villa, by way of his experiences playing with his friend Jack Grealish.

Hourihane is currently under the tutelage of Steve Cooper at the Liberty Stadium and, despite going out to Manchester City in the FA Cup, is enjoying life in south Wales.

Hourihane also went into life at Villa, and what makes Grealish such a special talent.

Hourihane on Grealish

"He makes the game look so easy, with the natural ability he has got," Hourihane said of Grealish.

"The way he handles the ball, under pressure and with players around him - he plays the game like he is out in the schoolyard.

"The way he drives with the ball, commits players and makes space for others. He is dribbling past players at the top level and making them look ordinary, really.

"It has just been a joy to play with him and call him a friend over the four years I've played with him at Villa - to see how he has developed into the player he has become today.

"It has just been a joy to play with."

Dark arts

Hourihane went into detail about the street smarts that Grealish possesses.

"Managers in press conferences speak openly about Jack and that if they stop him it is a good chance to stop the team because he is such a focal point for the team and for the club.

"Knowing Jack - and without wanting to give too much away - if he yellow cards you, he's got you! I know that is a little secret of his - early fouls from defenders who like to let him know early, but he loves and thrives off that.

"He plays the game a lot as well, to know if a player up against him gets a yellow card, or if the referee is onto him to be careful, he has got you exactly where he wants you.

"He is an unbelievable player and a top talent."

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