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‘For now, absolutely’ – Is 23-y/o now a guaranteed starter at Aston Villa?

By thedroid as reported by footballleagueworld.co.uk One player who has started to flourish under the stewardship of Dean Smith at Aston Villa is winger Anwar El-Ghazi, who has chipped in with four goals and one assist in his eight appearances so far this season, since moving to Villa Park at the end of August. But success was not always guaranteed, after a poor show against Norwich City, it looked like El-Ghazi would not be in Smith’s plans and he was dropped, but having taken on board Smith’s direction on the training pitch, the winger has come back a different player and impressed. So should El-Ghazi be a guaranteed starter for Villa each week? We discuss….. Alfie Burns For now, absolutely. El Ghazi is on fire for Villa and looking a real threat. Whilst he’s in this kind of form, Smith won’t drop him, but Villa have great options and if these levels dip, there are players who can step in. Jay Taylor The thing with wingers is their form is so erratic, and to say they should be guaranteed a start each week is a bit of a stretch. El-Ghazi is on-form and should rightly be starting, but if his form dips once more, then he should be out of the side. It’s the …read more

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‘For now, absolutely’ – Is 23-y/o now a guaranteed starter at Aston Villa?

By thedroid as reported by footballleagueworld.co.uk One player who has started to flourish under the stewardship of Dean Smith at Aston Villa is winger Anwar El-Ghazi, who has chipped in with four goals and one assist in his eight appearances so far this season, since moving to Villa Park at the end of August. But success was not always guaranteed, after a poor show against Norwich City, it looked like El-Ghazi would not be in Smith’s plans and he was dropped, but having taken on board Smith’s direction on the training pitch, the winger has come back a different player and impressed. So should El-Ghazi be a guaranteed starter for Villa each week? We discuss….. Alfie Burns For now, absolutely. El Ghazi is on fire for Villa and looking a real threat. Whilst he’s in this kind of form, Smith won’t drop him, but Villa have great options and if these levels dip, there are players who can step in. Jay Taylor The thing with wingers is their form is so erratic, and to say they should be guaranteed a start each week is a bit of a stretch. El-Ghazi is on-form and should rightly be starting, but if his form dips once more, then he should be out of the side. It’s the …read more

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Victim amid Lerner takeover, Aston Villa can rectify big mistake with £4m move

By Mathew Nash As reported by tbrfootball.com, Aston Villa are in the hunt for a new goalkeeper in January, according to several reports. Summer signing Orjan Nyland has struggled to impress since his arrival at Villa Park and Dean Smith appears to feel another option is necessary. One name that has recently been linked with the role is that of Karl Darlow. The Newcastle United stopper is out of favour at St James’ Park and, according to The Sun, Aston Villa are hopeful of completing a £4 million deal to sign the stopper in the winter. MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – APRIL 22: David de Gea, goalkeeping coach Eric Steele and Anders Lindegaard of Manchester United celebrates on the pitch after the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Aston Villa at Old Trafford on April 22, 2013 in Manchester, England. (Photo by John Peters/Man Utd via Getty Images) Of course, this would actually be something of a homecoming for the player. Darlow was with the Aston Villa academy for eight years. The 28-year-old was released as a 16-year-old back in 2006. “I left Villa in 2006 and I was very surprised when Karl was then let go – for me, he had huge potential.“Straight away I rang Steve …read more

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‘No thanks’, ‘Don’t need him’ – These Aston Villa fans offer their verdict on latest transfer link

By thedroid as reported by footballleagueworld.co.uk Aston Villa have recently been linked with a move to sign Brentford playmaker Romaine Sawyers. The 27-year old is no stranger to Villa boss Dean Smith, having played under the 47-year old at both Walsall and Brentford, and he could now look to sign for him for the third time in his career. Sawyers has been an influential figure for the Bees over the past three years,and would be another exciting option for Villa going forward, however he hasn’t had the best of seasons by his standards thus far, failing to find the back of the net and assisting just twice. The Villans are back on track in the league, with the club sitting just four points off the playoff places with over half of the season left to play, and with a hectic Christmas period looming, another addition for squad depth certainly wouldn’t go amiss. Here, we take a look at Villa fans’ reactions to being linked with Romaine Sawyers… Don’t need him. Not good enough and certainly no better than we already have. Unless Grealish is leaving our priorities will surely be elsewhere. — Patch (@garypatchett) December 11, 2018 If Dean Smith says we need him …read more

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These 3 Aston Villa players should be fearing for their future following transfer update

By thedroid as reported by footballleagueworld.co.uk Aston Villa boss Dean Smith will be hoping for a busy January as he looks to stamp his own influence on his team. Despite a fantastic start to life in charge of his boyhood club, it’s clear that Villa will need additions in January. And, the new manager has been linked with a move for a former player, with Football Insider claiming that he wants to bring Romaine Sawyers to Villa Park. The 27-year-old has worked with Smith at both Walsall and Brentford and with just 18 months left on his deal, a transfer in the New Year could be a possibility. Where Sawyers would fit in remains to be seen, as Jack Grealish operates in the number ten position and is the first name on the teamsheet. However, here we will look at THREE players that would fear for their future if Sawyers arrives… The post These 3 Aston Villa players should be fearing for their future following transfer update appeared first on sportsdroid. …read more

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3 reasons why this is Aston Villa’s best chance of getting back into the Premier League

By thedroid as reported by footballleagueworld.co.uk Aston Villa are certainly one of the most feared teams to come up against this season, and under the management of Dean Smith, they look as dangerous as ever. Smith has taken Villa up the table and into promotion contention, which will please the Villa Park faithful, many of whom will be dreaming of a return to the top-flight. It’s sure to be a hectic and potentially season-defining festive set of fixtures where Villa will look to break into the top six and put the pressure on their promotion rivals for the remainder of the season. The likes of Tammy Abraham and John McGinn have played a starring role in firing Aston Villa up the table and they will be keen to build on that impressive form when they take on Stoke at Villa Park on Saturday. Dean Smith will be keen to show the fans exactly why he was highly sought after when drafted in by the Villa board, and he is looking like one of the signings of the season as he continues Villa’s remarkable turnaround. We look at the reasons why this season is Villa’s best chance of returning to the Premier League. Have a look at the reasons …read more

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2 reasons why Aston Villa must not pursue deal for 27-year-old

By thedroid as reported by footballleagueworld.co.uk Dean Smith has enjoyed a superb start to life as Aston Villa manager, with his side just four points away from the play-offs. Not only are they picking up results, but Villa are playing some great football and many will see them as a real threat to those challenging for a place in the Premier League. Yet, it’s even more impressive when you realise that Smith hasn’t had a chance to bring in his own players. That will change in January though and Football Insider are reporting that the ex-Brentford boss is keen on raiding his former club for Romaine Sawyers. The 27-year-old was a key man for Smith at Griffin Park and could be available as he approaches the last 18 months of his deal. However, whilst Sawyers is a good player, we’re not sure he is what Villa need right now. Here we look at TWO reasons why Smith needs to focus elsewhere in the New Year… The post 2 reasons why Aston Villa must not pursue deal for 27-year-old appeared first on sportsdroid. …read more

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Aston Villa striker facing five weeks on sideline with knee injury

By Sam Brown Ross McCormack can’t catch a break. The Aston Villa striker – on loan at the Central Coast Mariners – has suffered a knee injury that is expected to keep him on the sideline for up to five weeks. Joining in September, the 32-year-old has made just five appearances down under, scoring a singular goal. Having fallen out of first-team contention under Steve Bruce, there is no indication that the journeyman is wanted back in the West Midlands by new boss Dean Smith. Quoted in the Birmingham Mail, Central Coast manager Mike Mulvey said: Ross McCormack is probably out for about four to five weeks, he’s tweaked his knee, … he faces at least a month on the sidelines after tweaking his knee, an injury that could need surgery. McCormack appeared just twice for Villa before being shipped off to Australia, with both games coming in the League Cup. The Scot’s troubles rumble on. The post McCormack receives fresh setback appeared first on Read Aston Villa. …read more

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Aston Villa advances to the fourth round of FA Youth Cup

By Joshua Tonti First published by claretvillans.com BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND- NOVEMBER 9: Callum O’Hare of Aston Villa and Jamie McCart of Celtic in action during the Premier League International Cup match between Aston Villa U23’s and Celtic U23’s at Villa Park on November 9, 2016 in Birmingham, England (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images) Aston Villa 2-2 West Bromwich Albion: Player ratings following controversy by Joshua Tonti Aston Villa’s Young Lions advanced to the fourth round in the FA Youth Cup on Tuesday afternoon. A 4-2 victory over Swansea City saw the claret and blues through. The FA Youth Cup, an annual tournament for those aged 15-18, had many third round ties played on Tuesday. Aston Villa, hosting Swansea City at Villa Park, scored 3 first-half goals en route to a 4-2 victory. Familiar names in the starting XI included captain Jake Walker, Indiana Vassilev, Jacob Ramsey, Colin Odutayo, and Dominic Revan, coming off two matches in which he made the senior team matchday 18. With the win, Aston Villa Football Club moves into the final 32 in the fourth round. Drawn in tie 13, Villa will face the winner of Cambridge United or Reading reserves. It’s a favorable draw, considering many of England’s premier top flight …read more

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