Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish has beefed-up security at his home by spending £25,000 on a new guard dog, just a week after Dele Alli was robbed at knifepoint.
The Tottenham midfielder was held up along with his brother, their partners and another man at his £2million north London home last week.
And according to The Sun, a number of Premier League players are now investing in specially-trained dogs to help ensure they don’t go through a similar ordeal.
Grealish has become the latest star to use security firm Chaperone K9 and this week took a delivery of a Belgian Malinois worth £25,000.
The 24-year-old reposted an image of his new dog to his Instagram story, adding a heart-eyes emoji.
Chaperone K9 have provided dogs to a number of big names, including Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling, Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford and former England defender Rio Ferdinand.
Alli, who had hundreds of thousands of pounds of jewellery and watches stolen in last week’s raid, has contacted two firms about buying his own dog.
The England star was said to have been left ‘shaken’ after being punched in the face when two males wearing balaclavas broke into the back of his north London property. His brother Harry Hickford was also involved in the scuffle.
The thieves evaded a security guard at the property who stays there at night but was ‘not aware’ of the intrusion.
Police are continuing to hunt for the intruders but as yet have not made any arrests.
Writing on Twitter after Sportsmail revealed the incident, Alli said: ‘Thank you for all the messages. Horrible experience but we’re all okay now. Appreciate the support.’
The Spurs star’s team-mate, goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, spent £15,000 on his own guard dog just weeks before the robbery took place.
Lloris made the investment to protect his wife Marine and their three children from similar incidents while he is away from home playing for Spurs. A fan once asked after reading about robbery attacks on players; Is it that these idiots don’t recognise these players? Of course he ought to know like psychologists will say
Criminals are just what they are, criminals. They sold their souls to crime and do not even respect or recognise those who entertain them while chasing their hearts desire.