Dean Smith calls on officials to protect Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish

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The playmaker has actually been fouled 140 times in the Premier League this season.

Dean Smith desires more defense for Jack Grealish after the Aston Villa skipper set a new Premier League record.

Midfielder Grealish has actually been fouled 140 times this season, the most because analytical records started 22 years back, with 8 games still to play.

He was once again targeted in Sunday’s 2-1 defeat to Chelsea which kept Villa rooted in the transfer zone.

Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha has actually been fouled 98 times, 42 less than Grealish this term, and Smith desires his captain to be offered some assistance.

Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish is fouled by Chelsea’s Mateo Kovacic (Molly Darlington/NMC Pool/PA)

“Jack has had a marker on him all season, he’s had about 50 fouls more than anyone else in the league,” he stated, ahead of Wednesday’s journey to Newcastle.

” The most unexpected stat will be that there’s just about 5 reservations for those 140 fouls.

” There is absolutely nothing Jack can do besides desiring to keep getting on the ball and performing at them in the final 3rd. The officials most likely need to protect him more for sure.

” He’s got swellings all over his shins and hisside He enjoys playing the game, playing football and he enjoys Aston Villa, he’ll keep going.

Smith aspires to see Grealish offered more defense (Mike Egerton/PA)

” Among the most significant benefits you lose is the impact fans can have more than officials.

“Chelsea certainly tried to nullify our most creative player and there was only one caution in the last five minutes. That influence on officials (from fans) is certainly what is lacking in the home games.”

Villa are second bottom and without a win in any competition because January, after the imposed break due to the coronavirus crisis.

Smith was pleased with their efficiency on Sunday, regardless of losing to Chelsea, and feels Villa are a various team than prior to the shutdown.

He stated: “We came out of the last 2 games prior to we stopped briefly against Southampton and Leicester having yielded a host of possibilities and looked simpler to play against.

” Now I believed we looked tough to play against and Frank (Lampard) stated that.

” They have a quality team, outside Liverpool and Man City they are as excellent as anybody we have actually played.

“We are in a better place, certainly defensively, than when the season paused.”

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