Wesley and El Ghazi sink Everton to get Aston Villa up and running | Football

Wesley and El Ghazi sink Everton to get Aston Villa up and running | Football

It turns out Dean Smith was right to call for some perspective. “What are we coming to if we’re judging players after two games?” asked the Aston Villa manager on the eve of this match in response to questions about the performances of Wesley, the club-record signing, in particular. Little more than 24 hours later, […]

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Aston Villa vs Everton: Wesley and Anwar El Ghazi goals sink lacklustre Toffees

Aston Villa vs Everton: Wesley and Anwar El Ghazi goals sink lacklustre Toffees

Aston Villa won their first Premier League game since February 2016 after Wesley and Anwar El Ghazi struck to sink Everton. Striker Welsey – a £22million summer buy – grabbed his first Villa goal and El Ghazi’s late strike earned a 2-0 win and ended a 1,294-day wait for a top-flight victory. Boss Dean Smith […]

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Dean Smith happy with Aston Villa striker Wesley despite lack of goals | Paul Doyle | Football

Dean Smith happy with Aston Villa striker Wesley despite lack of goals | Paul Doyle | Football

To really offend people around Villa Park, just say the F word. After spending at least £127m on 12 players following promotion to the Premier League, Aston Villa fans get annoyed at accusations that their club are “doing a Fulham”, who splurged heavily last season only to flop out of the league with a whimper. […]

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Aston Villa news: Jack Grealish will force his way into England squad says Dean Smith

Aston Villa news: Jack Grealish will force his way into England squad says Dean Smith

Jack Grealish will force his way into the the England squad, according to Aston Villa boss Dean Smith. The Villa chief expects his captain to figure in Gareth Southgate’s thoughts this term. Three Lions boss Southgate watched the midfielder as he helped Villa back to the Premier League last term and names his squad for […]

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Arsenal, Manchester United, Liverpool and every Premier League team’s top prospect this season

Arsenal, Manchester United, Liverpool and every Premier League team’s top prospect this season

After the thrilling breakthrough of Callum Hudson-Odoi captured the potential and impatience of the Premier League‘s young talent on the fringes, The Independent takes a look at a player from every club who are yet to make a top-flight appearance in their fledgeling careers thus far. The likes of Chelsea‘s Reece James is all but guaranteed to get his […]

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Aston Villa news: Kevin MacDonald leaves club after bullying allegations

Aston Villa news: Kevin MacDonald leaves club after bullying allegations

Kevin MacDonald has left Aston Villa following an investigation by the Premier League club into bullying allegations.  The club has apologised to former players affected by behaviour now not tolerated, including former midfielder Gareth Farrelly, who made allegations against MacDonald.  Farrelly alleged MacDonald was “incredibly aggressive, constant verbal and physical bullying”, telling the Guardian he […]

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Kevin MacDonald leaves Aston Villa following bullying investigation | Football

Kevin MacDonald leaves Aston Villa following bullying investigation | Football

The Aston Villa youth coach Kevin MacDonald has left the club “with immediate effect” following an investigation into allegations of bullying made by a number of former young players. In a statement, Villa apologised to the former players affected by the behaviour of MacDonald, who was a youth and reserve team coach in two spells […]

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Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action | Football

Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action | Football

1) Ljungberg’s promotion reaping instant rewards for Arsenal The inclusion of Joe Willock and Reiss Nelson against Burnley a week after they became the first pair of teenagers to start a Premier League game for Arsenal since Paolo Vernazza and Matthew Upson in 1998, was more evidence of Unai Emery beginning to trust his young […]

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Seven things we learned from Premier League week two, from VAR debate to Chelsea’s transfer blues

Seven things we learned from Premier League week two, from VAR debate to Chelsea’s transfer blues

Liverpool find themselves with an early advantage over Premier League title rivals Manchester City after just two rounds as the 2-1 victory over Southampton maintained their 100 per cent start to the season, with Pep Guardiola’s side slipping up in controversial circumstances against Tottenham Hotspur. The Reds had Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino to thank […]

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