Hutton believes John McGinn’s return will provide a massive boost for Villa

Former Aston Villa defender Alan Hutton believes the return of John McGinn from an ankle fracture should boost the Villain’s prospects of staying in the Premier League. The west Midlands outfit are currently placed ninth on the table with 25 points but they are only a couple of points adrift of safety with a game in hand over Sheffield United.

Ferdinand reveals grudge with John Terry over racism

Rio Ferdinand is not happy with his decision on not standing up for his brother Anton Ferdinand when he was racially abused by the former Chelsea player, John Terry. He in, after many years, his autobiography stated John Terry as the biggest idiot but he regrets not standing up for his brother sooner. Ferdinand also said that he is still not on talking terms with Terry even after nearly 10 years of the incident had taken place.

Paul Merson has concerns with Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish

Arsenal legend Paul Merson has said that he has concerns over Jack Grealish despite the fact that he has been the top performer for Aston Villa since their return to the Premier League. The 24-year-old has largely featured on the left side of the attack for the west Midlands outfit but he has had the tendency to drift into different positions.

Owen Hargreaves heaps praise on Fred for his Manchester United displays

Former Manchester United player Owen Hargreaves has spoken about the importance of Fred in the current Red Devils setup. The Brazil international has been almost ever-present for the Red Devils since the beginning of October and during this period, he has transformed into one of the club’s best performers.

Dean Smith provides positive injury update on Aston Villa star

Aston Villa manager Dean Smith has provided a positive update on the fitness of John McGinn ahead of the club’s Premier League clash against Leicester City on the road. The Scotland international has been out of action since the ankle fracture sustained in December last year but he is expected to make a comeback for the closing phase of the season.

Dean Smith pleased after penning new contract with Aston Villa

Aston Villa manager Dean Smith has expressed his pleasure after penning a new four-year contract with the west Midlands outfit. The 48-year-old was only appointed as the club’s head coach in October last year and he has since helped them secure their comeback to the Premier League, where they have made a credible start.


As a result, it was a no-brainer for the Villains to reward him with a fresh four-year deal and Smith has expressed his happiness shortly after signing the renewal, he told the club’s official website: “I’m really happy to have committed my long term future to the Club. I’m looking forward to all the challenges that come with re-establishing Aston Villa as a top Premier League club.”

Dean Smith reacts after Aston Villa’s 5-1 drubbing of Norwich City

Aston Villa head coach Dean Smith has expressed his pleasure after the west Midlands outfit registered a 5-1 Premier League win over Norwich City on the road. The Villains have been unlucky this season where they have squandered advantages at Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal but there was no repeat of the same at Carrow Road as they dominated the proceedings through the entire 90 minutes.

Smith admits John McGinn has been Villa’s main scoring threat

Aston Villa manager Dean Smith has acknowledged that John McGinn has been the Villains prime goalscoring threat during the opening phase of the Premier League campaign. The west Midlands outfit are yet to open their points tally on their top-flight return, but they have been positives in terms of the performance on the field.

Bent predicts Aston Villa to sign a winger before the transfer deadline

Former Aston Villa striker Darren Bent has backed the Villains to pursue another winger to provide Jota with the competition for a starting spot. The west Midlands outfit have made quality business since their return to the Premier League and they have already signed the likes of Kortney Hause, Jota, Bjorn Engels, Anwar El Ghazi and Wesley Horaes in addition to Jota.

Speaking to Football Insider, Bent acknowledged that the Villains have the first-choice options for the wings covered with Jota and El Ghazi in the ranks. However, he added that the club may want more depth within the department as they seek to avoid relegation from the Premier League next term, he said:“I’m sure Aston Villa will strengthen in that area and for now he’s got the jersey. I’ve tried to tell people before, you cannot underestimate the importance of a manager, if he buys you and you’re his player, there’s nothing better than that.”

Mark Lawrenson compares Liverpool star with John Terry and Tony Adams

Former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson has indicated that Virgil van Dijk deserves to win the PFA Player of the Year accolade, given the influence he has had on the team this term. The Netherlands international joined the Reds from Southampton during the backend of the previous season and he has since helped transform the club’s backline into one of Europe’s best.

Speaking on BBC Sport, Lawrenson stressed that the Dutchman has been one of the most reliable players in the top-flight this season and he has not been hampered by the fact that he has played with different partners at the heart of the defence. He added to compare the centre-back with the likes of John Terry and Tony Adams by suggesting his dominance in the Reds’ defence.

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