Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish recently revealed he has a superstition that sees him roll down his socks for games, with the young playmaker having been pictured in every game with his bare shins on show, reports BBC Sport.
The Republic of Ireland recently made his first senior start for the Claret and Blues, and has gained in notoriety this campaign after being afforded more opportunities in the first-team. Manager Tim Sherwood has been keen to use the young players in the Aston Villa side, and Grealish is one player set to benefit.
He was on loan with Notts County last season, where he made a name for himself in the Football League, and put in an impressive showing against Queens Park Rangers in his full debut for the Midlands outfit.
He revealed about his quirky superstition in rolling his socks down before games that has often gotten him in hot water with match officials, but has no plans to stop doing it. Despite the risk of injury from not having a full-sized shin pad covering the lower leg, Grealish hasn’t been challenged in a dangerous area on his body, and sees no reason to stop a habit of a lifetime.
“It’s a superstition that I’ve done all my life and I’m going to keep it that way. A few referees have tried telling me but I’ve got to keep it like that. I haven’t had a kick on my shin yet and hopefully not any time soon,” he said.
Think you know your football? Share your knowledge, tips and comments to win cash prizes in OLBG’s tipster competition – £11,000 to be won monthly!
Get upto £200 in free matched bets with bet365 - Click here to find out more