The sports world is full of habitual creatures. They go beyond limits to bag a victory for their teams and try anything to sway momentum in their favour. From lucky charms to ‘unusual’ routines, these players follow everything.
Aston Villa earned promotion back to the Premier League with a nervy 2-1 victory over Derby at Wembley on May 27.
Jack Grealish who plays as a winger or as an attacking midfielder for Premier League club, has shown on countless occasions why he is the club’s best player and on Monday, at Wembley, he did so once again.
However, Grealish and his men held out – potentially due in a small part to the Villa skipper’s lucky boots. He revealed why his battered boots are ‘lucky’ after they helped Aston Villa back into the Premier League.
The Villa captain, 23, led his team to victory over Derby, despite his boots looking a little worse-for-wear, to say the least. He has been wearing the same pair of Nike Hypervenoms since his return from injury at the start of March.
The English professional’s pair of Nikes – Hypervenom Phantom IIIs, which cost £240 new – look to be almost completely ruined and his toes look to be on the verge of completely breaking through the left boot. Much of the outer layer is long gone with the inner sock on the show – but it doesn’t look to be holding him back too much.
Grealish scored the win against the Blues using his Phantom III boots, sparking a run of eight more consecutive wins for his side as they shot into play-off contention. By the time the impressive run was ended away at Leeds, Grealish had made the decision to keep faith with his bedraggled shoes and has worn them all the way to the play-off final.
Grealish explained the brilliant story behind the footwear to Sky Sports, which dates back to the beginning of March. He said: “Well I came back from injury and obviously these were like this one [showing his less-battered right boot]. They were brand new and then I got a few goals, a few assists. I thought these were my lucky boots so I’ve had to keep them.”
While it was pointed out that Grealish may well need a new pair come the new season, he knows he will have two feet firmly in the Premier League.
Goals from Anwar El Ghazi and John McGinn sealed Villa’s victory over Derby with Martyn Waghorn pulling one back for the Rams to make it a nervy finish for Dean Smith’s side.
Whether Grealish can succeed in the Premier League is yet to be seen but his Wembley performance this weekend was proof that he is absolutely indispensable to Villa!