Jack Grealish makes his eagerly-awaited return to Aston Villa next week with Manchester City – and fans have been debating how they will react seeing him back for the first time.
Grealish sealed a £100m exit to the Ethihad in the summer after months of speculation linking him with a move to Pep Guardiola’s side.
Some Villa fans were angry at the exit of the self-confessed Villa fan who is currently battling to be fit for when the two clubs meet in the Premier League next week.
But if he is given the green light to play, Villa fans have been discussing on social media how they will react at seeing their former captain in a City shirt.
The AVFC Faithful Twitter account posed a question to fans in a poll as to how Grealish will be received and plenty of supporters responded.
Here’s what they had to say.
Bernard Keavy: “No point booing. We got 100m for him which was a great fee. We should be grateful and move on. He is still a Villa fan as well so leave him be. If it’s ok for Gerrard to leave Rangers to further his career it was ok for Jack to leave us.”
Paul Smith: “He should not be booed at all, he’s the real reason we got promoted, the real reason we stayed up the first year and the real reason we finished 11 last season. You can’t fault him for wanting to play champions league football and play for Pep.”
Davy: “I would love to see him get a good reception. We have unbelievable fans, would be disappointing if he got booed! At the end of the day, he’s a Villa boy & always will be. They only have him on loan.”
Paul H: “What we all should do as Villa fans is make it the best Villa Park atmosphere since the Everton night game – Make him realise what he gave up and how much better a packed out VP is compared to the Emptyhad. No boos from us. I think that would really get to him.”
Robert Glaze: “If he plays or in the squad, I certainly won’t boo him, he did a lot for the club and team, and I am pretty sure, if they are honest, they miss him, I know I do, so I will clap him, if others want to boo, shame on them.”
MJB: “Booing Jack will make our club look small-time. Having been at Anfield and Old Trafford, the home crowds always give returning ex-players a decent reception.”
Jon Bagshaw : “Should act with some respect he gave us a lot of years of good loyal service. He’s only crime is wanting to play at the highest level he can.”
Alan: “He doesn’t owe us anything he was there from a kid made us 100 million as long as he doesn’t score he always gave us 100 per cent.”