Aston Villa hero Jack Grealish hasn’t done enough to earn club legend status, insists Carlton Cole.
Grealish has been with his childhood club since he was six and fans fear he is about to leave.
The 25-year-old has been heavily linked with a £ 100million move to Manchester City this summer.
He was instrumental in Villa’s return to the Premier League and has been their best player in the two years they’ve been there since.
But it’s a stretch to give him legendary status at a club that were once European champions, says Cole, who believes the cult hero would be a more suitable title for the player.
” Not for me. He’s not a club legend and I say with the greatest of respect he’s not a club legend, ”Cole told talkSPORT.
“I would say he’s a cult hero. Sometimes it’s not about the time you spend at a club, it’s about what you did.
“He obviously had a positive impact on the club, they’re in the Premier League and he stuck with them when they fell and Spurs were interested in signing him.
“But there has to be more to deserve this club legend title. It comes in stages and I don’t think he has impacted the club enough to be a club legend.
“Villa fans may not agree with me because if he goes he will never be a club legend. Villa fans wouldn’t classify him as a club legend if he goes there now.
However, Tony Cascarino believes Grealish can be considered a club legend and is arguably the club’s best player in living memory.
“The only thing I would say about that is I think Jack Grealish is possibly the best player Villa has ever had in their history and that I can think of in my day,” Cascarino told talkSPORT Breakfast . “How not to say that he is a legend of the club with the fans?
“He’s not gone and Villa is a very ambitious club signing Leon Bailey, Emi Buendia has been there as well. They are large men, quite versatile, who like to make space.
“I would love to see Villa keep him because they are an emerging club, I think Dean Smith has done an amazing job in moving them from a Championship side to a Premier League side.
“Every obstacle Jack Grealish had ahead of him, whether for England, Villa or going up to the Premier League, he overcame it. He would be a club legend to me.
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