Aston Villa manager Dean Smith has said that he is excited by the availability of John McGinn following his long-term absence because of an ankle fracture. The Scotland international was an influential figure for the west Midlands outfit on their top-flight return and he bagged three goals and two assists from the centre of the park before being sidelined with the injury in late December.
Jermain Defoe urges Alfredo Morelos to move to Aston Villa, as he believes that the player has enough talent to play in the Premier League. The player was constantly linked with Aston Villa when they have shown interest towards the player during the January transfer window. The forward has scored 29 goals by appearing for 46 games in this season for Rangers.
Dean Smith says that if the football season was to resume, it would feel like a new campaign with Aston Villa. The manager was speaking for the first time since the league was suspended. It is not clear if the campaign would resume and this would leave Aston Villa in a deep disappointment considering that the club find themselves in the bottom three. After just winning promotion on the back of a huge spending spree, Villa have had a disappointing season under Dean Smith. In the last match that the club played, Leicester City were able to get a 4-0 win and this was the fourth consecutive loss.
Former Aston Villa forward Darius Vassell believes Jack Grealish will make the move to an elite Premier League when the transfer window reopens at the end of the season. The 24-year-old has been the standout performer since the Villains’ promotion to the top-flight last summer and he has contributed seven goals and five assists to date.
Former Manchester City star Joleon Lescott believes Jack Grealish should turn down the chance to join Manchester United during the summer transfer window. The 24-year-old had been an influential leader for Aston Villa since their Premier League comeback and he has contributed seven goals and five assists from 23 appearances.
Despite this, the west Midlands outfit are languishing within one point off the relegation places and reports have emerged that Grealish would part ways with the club regardless of their league status next season. Speaking on TalkSPORT, Lescott said that United are definitely a big club and Grealish would surely be tempted with the prospect of joining them.
Former Premier League star Darren Bent believes Aston Villa should stick with manager Dean Smith and back him with fundsfor the January transfer window. The west Midlands outfit have slumped to seven defeats from the past nine league games and this had dropped them into the relegation places.
Former Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Paul Robinson has urged manager Jose Mourinho to look into the signing of Tyrone Mings from Aston Villa. The Portuguese tactician took charge of the north London side during the international break and he has since transformed their fortunes with four wins from five games in all competitions.
Aston Villa manager Dean Smith believes his team have been unlucky on their return to the Premier League. The west Midlands outfit have already impressed this season with leads against the likes of Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal but they have unfortunately not been able to hold onto a result towards the end of the game.
Former Aston Villa and Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo believes Terry has the credentials to step into club management in the coming years. The 38-year-old had been linked with the Newcastle United job earlier this summer but ultimately a deal did not materialise with the Magpies opting to go with Steve Bruce instead.
As a result, Terry continues to remain the deputy to Villains boss Dean Smith but Di Matteo feels the former centre-back will ultimately become the head coach at some club, he said: “If you can sign JT, you get him. He’s a guy who makes things easier for the manager. He, too, will be there as a manager in the future. As a player, he was writing down some of the sessions and he’s now gained so much experience from the managers he’s worked under.”
Aston Villa defender Bjorn Engels has said that Aston Villa’s poor start to the Premier League season has resulted from a couple of dismal 15-minute spells. The west Midlands outfit have already lost against Tottenham Hotspur and Bournemouth at the beginning of the campaign and they are presently just above the drop zone on goal difference.
In a report covered by Goal.com, Engels said that the mood within the squad is fine despite the successive defeats on the club’s return to the top-flight. He added that the results have come about from a couple of 15-minute stints where they have switched off and hopefully, they can redeem themselves during the forthcoming games, he said: “We'll be fine. He mood is quite good. We played and had two defeats but I think we played good games.