Aston Villa give transfer advice as youngster praised for ‘electric’ performance
A roundup of major Aston Villa titles from BirminghamLive on Thursday, October 7, 2021.
Smith can make a perfect villa transfer for free
One of the shortcomings of the Aston Villa squad could be highlighted next week when Dean Smith’s men line up against Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez has been included in Lionel Scaloni’s 30-player Argentina squad to face Paraguay, Uruguay and Peru from October 8-15.
Due to the kick-off of Argentina’s last game against Peru at 12:30 a.m. on Friday morning, Martinez could end up missing Villa’s clash with Wolves at Villa Park the next day.
Argentina’s number one has been spared a period of self-isolation after the government agreed to relax travel rules to Red List countries for fully vaccinated footballers.
Winks “would improve” Villa
Harry Winks would “improve” Aston Villa, according to Alex McLeish, as speculation over the future of the Tottenham midfielder continues.
Villa were among the clubs linked with the 25-year-old midfielder over the summer, although the suitors have apparently not been willing to match Spurs’ valuation of around £ 40million.
But with Winks apparently not in Nuno Espirito Santo’s plans, the player is keen to leave the north London club in January, when Spurs could lower their asking price.
Everton have also been linked with Winks and the former Villa McLeish boss reckons he would be a shrewd signing for either club.
Barry “electric and bright” on his return from Ipswich
“Have a good outing last night. Glad to be back on the pitch,” Louie Barry said on Instagram after returning to the game for Ipswich Town on Tuesday night.
The 18-year-old quickly received messages of support from his Villa teammates, including Aaron Ramsey, Brad Young, Lamare Bogarde and TimIroegbunam, among others.
It’s been a huge learning curve at Portman Road for the youngster from Sutton Coldfield who just last season just couldn’t stop scoring as he scored 20 goals in just 26 appearances.
BirminghamLive has since learned that Barry had to stay in the first team and was not on Johan Lange’s list to be loaned out. However, having not been involved in Villa’s early pre-season games, Barry wanted a taste of the senior game and chose Ipswich over Sunderland, signing a one-season loan at East Anglia.
What Villa has to resolve during the international break
A penny for Dean Smith’s thoughts today after he and Aston Villa learned that Douglas Luiz had been called up by Brazil as a late replacement for Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro.
The head coach has previously spoken of his frustration with those traveling to Red List countries to play international matches, with Emi Martinez, Marvelous Nakamba, Bertrand Traoré and now Douglas all set for long trips to the day before Villa’s Premier League match with Wolves. .
Villa’s season has been decent so far with 10 points taken from Newcastle, Brentford, Everton and Manchester United, with losses to Watford, Chelsea and Spurs last time around.
Here we choose the checklist and agenda that Smith needs to go through over the next 10 days before the kickoff at Villa Park on October 16.
Grealish has a problem at Man City that Villa never gave him
Jack Grealish is no longer the big “little pond” fish he used to be at Aston Villa.
The soft-haired playmaker is now surrounded by a plethora of world-class talent at Manchester City after his record-breaking £ 100million transfer this summer.
Grealish knew what to expect at Manchester, but he left his childhood club in search of trophies – and, let’s face it, playing for City almost guarantees medals.
His replacement in City’s 2-2 draw against Liverpool on Sunday, when Pep Guardiola opted to replace him just after the hour mark with Raheem Sterling, highlighted the change that Grealish is now accepting.
Before Grealish suffered the shin injury that derailed his last season in burgundy and blue, he was only replaced once by Dean Smith. And that was only to give Grealish a five-minute break as Villa headed for victory over Newcastle United.
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