He will not have liked what he saw from Sunday’s 4-1 defeat to West Ham United at Villa Park, though, with Dean Smith ‘s Villa stunned by their visitors.
Ben Johnson, Declan Rice, Pablo Fornals and Jarrod Bowen were all on the scoresheet for West Ham as Villa slumped to a fourth-straight defeat in the Premier League.
Ollie Watkins was on the scoresheet for Villa and Ezri Konsa was sent off for bringing down Bowen in the second half, putting Smith’s side on the back foot and on course for yet another defeat.
Grealish, who completed a £100 million move to Manchester City in the summer, took to social media platform Instagram a couple of minutes into the match to wish his old side well in the contest.
“Come on Villa,” Grealish wrote on Instagram with a picture attached of his television with the game on.
Villa are in the midst of a rebuild after Grealish’s departure with Emiliano Buendia, Leon Bailey and Danny Ings all brought in to try and mitigate the departure of the England star.
Speaking after the game, Smith offered his reaction and referenced his decision to make changes to his team.
“It’s a big call whenever you select a team,” the Villa head coach said. “We went to a back four and they are good at set-pieces and Kortney Hause is very good at them and Tyrone (Mings) has probably not been playing at the top of his game.
“I had to make footballing decisions and I made them. Some players weren’t available as well. Danny Ings and Douglas Luiz have soft tissue injuries while we also had some Covid-related issues.”