Aston Villa Mean Business in Preseason
So far, so good for Aston Villa in the USA this summer. Two decent performances in the Premier League Summer Series and delivery of Moussa Diaby to Villa’s summer camp in DC and a decent goal on his debut to boot.
Unai Emery will no doubt already be pleased with the levels Villa have shown against both Newcastle United and Fulham. In the final game against Brentford, he’ll no doubt use the match against the Bees to gain further insights into his younger players and see how the likes of Cameron Archer and Jaden Philogene can feature in the Villa squad in the season ahead.
Due to the close proximity to each other of the final couple of preseason games against Lazio and Valencia, they should provide an insight into how Villa will tackle the Thursday/Sunday game weeks, that their involvement in the Europa Conference League provides. While you’d expect Emery to go strong in the initial European games, will he swap his centre-back pairing specifically for European games?
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My Old Man Said Podcast Episode 250
In the latest My Old Man Said podcast, we catch up on the latest Villa happenings and look at the big picture of Villa’s preseason, discussing amongst other things, the following topics:
The Moussa Diaby Signing
The playing style, versatility and potential contributions to the team of Aston Villa’s latest signing.
Villa Youth’s Preseason opportunity
What realistic chance does this preseason give to several of Aston Villa’s next bright hopes and does Jaden Philogene have chance to be a regular in the match day squad this season?
The Aston Villa defensive conundrum
The potential personnel, formation and high line. Is Unai Emery experimenting in preseason or does he have a preset idea?
Concerns about Aston Villa’s current goalkeeping situation
Aston Villa lacks a reliable backup goalkeeper, which puts them in a precarious position should Emi Martinez become unavailable.
Observations from the Premier League Summer Series
We look back at Aston Villa’s biggest test of the Premier League Summer Series in the USA – Newcastle United
Premier League CEO’s Views on Saudi Arabia’s Influence
The Premier League CEO, Richard Masters, has expressed his views on Saudi Arabia’s growing influence in football and their ambitions to improve the Saudi Pro League. Plus, the potential implications for FFP.
Scouting Players Using Football Manager
Wayne Rooney’s use of the Football Manager game for player scouting has sparked interest and discussions about the potential benefits and drawbacks of relying on virtual scouting tools.
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