Jack Grealish, Aston Villa’s midfielder, is not aware of the reason behind Leeds United fans’ strong criticism.
In the 2018-19 Championship, the England international was known as the most fouled player after thePremier League
clash with Leeds United. He was widely criticized by the opponent’s fans for frequent diving.
The 25-year-oldAston Villa
midfielder believes plenty of flak is thrown his way by fans of their rivals like Birmingham City, West Brom, and Wolves, but Grealish is confused byLeeds United
Being fouled 167 times has put him on top of the chart for the most fouled players since the 1998-99 campaign.
Asked if he was influenced by it or take it as a positive thing, he responded: "
I try and take it as a positive."
"There are times where it comes and obviously it's annoying, when you are on the breakaway or something and there's a time you can set a team mate up or go yourself and someone brings you down.
"But in my position, it's going to happen. I get so much stick honestly on social media and everything from opposition fans saying you go down too easily which at times I probably do.
"That's just the player that I am and that's just the team I'm in at the moment. We're not the biggest possession-based team in the league, sometimes we're a team that needs to slow the game down.
"It's part of my game, what I've got to do. We're good from set-pieces. That's not saying I dive at all - but there's a difference between winning fouls and diving
He also commented whether the sticks bother him or not, Grealish smiled:
"I don't mind at all stick off opposition fans, it's usually just off the same fans if I'm honest. It's just Blues fans, West Brom, Wolves and then Leeds for some reason.
"I'm not sure why Leeds fans - I can obviously understand the ones that are like close to us and rivals. But it's all just banter isn't it at the end of the day."
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