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.
Aston Villa defender Tyrone Mings has said that he has been amazed by the qualities of new signing Wesley Moraes. The Brazilian striker joined the Villains from Club Brugge at the beginning of the month and he has already made an impression with the west Midlands outfit during their ongoing pre-season campaign.
Moraes recently starred in the 5-1 friendly triumph over Walsall, where he scored a brace and speaking after that game, Mings acknowledged that the striker can be a handful with his height and physique, he told Sky Sports News: “He's a handful! He's a very strong guy, a very big guy, technically he's very good. I think he offers us something different and I think he'll add a lot to the team. He's a striker, a number 9, something which you don't see too much of these days. I may have given him a few 'Welcome to Aston Villa' tackles - but he gives as good as he gets!”
Former Tottenham Hotspur ace Darren Bent believes Newcastle United will have contacted John Terry regarding the managerial vacancy at the club. The 38-year-old has been the assistant at Aston Villa for the past 12 months but he has been fancied for the head coach role after watching fellow compatriots Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard step into club management with reasonable success.
Speaking to Football Insider, Bent said that Terry will be itching to step into the managerial role but he may still consider twice before parting ways with the Villains this summer, he told: “It’s a tough one because all the young managers are in jobs at the moment. You’re going to find number twos out there, like the John Terry’s or people like that, who are itching at the bit.
John Terry has expressed his delight after extending his contract with Aston Villa for the next couple of seasons. Terry’s assistant position with the Villains had come under question with his contract expiring at the end of the month but he has now decided to commit his future by penning a two-year deal with the west Midlands side.
Speaking to the club’s official website, the former Chelsea captain said that he is thankful to the club’s board and manager Dean Smith after being handed the chance to work with them. He added that the Villains are now heading for a testing challenge and they must prepare for the same as they seek to beat the Premier League drop at the first coming.
Aston Villa manager Dean Smith has indicated that Jack Grealish won’t come on the cheap for his suitors irrespective of whether the Villains get promoted or not. The Villains skipper penned a fresh five-year deal with the club in September and he has since played an influential role in the club’s progress to the Championship play-off final for the second-straight season.
Speaking in a press conference, Smith highlighted that the midfielder committed to the club on a new long-term deal at the beginning of the season and that has put them in a strong position to command a significant sum for a future sale, he said: “He’s signed a brand-new contract at the start of the season, committing himself to the football club. He loves Aston Villa and he’ll want nothing more than to get promoted with Aston Villa. If we don’t go up he’ll cost someone a hell of a lot of money if they want to buy him. He is committed to Aston Villa and we’ve not even spoken about it otherwise.”
Aston Villa manager Dean Smith has hailed the performance of goalkeeper Jed Steer as the Villains progressed to their second-straight Championship play-off final. The Villains faced off against arch-rivals West Bromwich Albion during the playoff semi-final where they progressed on penalties after the scores were level (2-2) after both legs.
Speaking after the game, Smith praised the impact of Steer, who had spent time on loan with Charlton Athletic during the first half of the season, he said: “It’s amazing what can happen and how opportunities arise. Orjan was doing well but snapped his Achilles and the phone call went in to get Jed back and he’s been brilliant for us.
Aston Villa’s on-loan striker Tammy Abraham has said that the team must avoid any complacency in the forthcoming matches as they seek to qualify for the end of the season playoffs. The west Midlands side were without Tyrone Mings and Jack Grealish for the recent meeting against Bristol City but they still managed to secure a 2-1 victory at the weekend.
Speaking after the game, Abraham, who scored the opening goal from the penalty spot, said that the club can look far ahead for the timebeing and they must concentrate on a game-by-game basis as they seek to finish in the top six, he said: “We can’t get complacent now. We have to go into every game like it is our last and put in performances.”
Port Vale are interested in the possibility of signing Aston Villa defender Mitch Clark on a permanent basis after the 20-year-old made a strong impact in his time with the club. The defender has been able to play as a wing back and as a fullback on both sides. James Gibbons was recently replaced by Mitch Clark on the right side to great effect. As a result, the 20-year-old has been able to play in almost every match for Port Vale since making the switch to the League Two outfit in August. It has so far been a struggling season for Port Vale but the club have been able to remain outside the bottom three in the last few weeks – thanks to the victories over Yeovil Town and Mansfield Town.
After having played such a crucial role inPort Vale’s survival hopes so far this season, it is not a surprise that the club are interested in bringing Clark on a permanent basis.Port Vale’s assistant manager Dave Kevan claims that a bid from his club should be coming up in the next few weeks. Since youngsters do not receive many opportunities, they need to grab every chance that come their way and Clark has been able to do exactly that, according to Kevan.
Bundesliga outfit RB Leipzig are reportedly looking into a possible move for Tammy Abraham this summer as they seek to overcome the potential departure of Timo Werner from the club’s ranks. Werner has been a crucial performer for Leipzig since their promotion to the top tier but they are considering his sale amid the recent contract standoff.
According to The Sun, the German outfit are likely to consider the sale of Werner in the summer, should he remain reluctant to extend his contract beyond the summer of 2020. It is added that the club are already looking into reinforcements with Chelsea’s Abraham identified as one of the possible targets for the forthcoming transfer window.
Aston Villa coach John Terry has sympathised with manager Maurizio Sarri following Chelsea’s League Cup final defeat at the hands of Manchester City. The Blues produced a resolute defensive performance to keep the holders at bay for most of the game but ultimately, the Citizens reigned supreme through a penalty shootout.
However, the game was not free from any controversy after the altercation between KepaArrizabalaga and Sarri became the focus of attention at the Wembley Stadium. With minutes left before the shootout, Sarri had appeared determined to replace Kepa with Willy Caballero in goal but the substitution never happened with the Spaniard deciding to stay put on the playing field.