JACK GREALISH revealed 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 cleats looking a little worse-for-wear to say the least.
His 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 show – but it doesn’t look to be holding him back too much.
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.”
TWO FEET IN PREM
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.
But on a day of celebration for Grealish and his beloved Aston Villa, there was one minor slip up.
James Chester managed to catch Grealish above the eye with the Championship play-off trophy as they lifted it together.
It left the boyhood Villa fan with a nasty gash just above his eyebrow.
Grealish said: “Me and Chessy have gone up there, shared the trophy.
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“And Ches gave me a little nudge and stuck the trophy on my eyebrow to slit my eyebrow open.
“I ain’t going to be looking too good for the celebrations tonight.”
Pundit Liam Rosenior joked: “You’re the first player to get cut by a trophy!”