Aston Villa visits Burton tonight, and it’s a repeat of our Carabao cup tie of 2018. Dean Smith knows he can ill-afford a repeat of that fiasco. But he will be aware that it’s a realistic opportunity to win some silverware and qualify for Europe. So he’ll want to avoid a similar outcome, and that’s why I believe he will play his best 11 tonight. It’s also Dean Smith’s last chance to cast an eye over the squad before our season gets underway.
I believe the team Smith puts out tonight against Burton will probably be pretty close to the team that starts on Monday in the League, even though it does offer the unique opportunity of putting players in the shop window. I suppose there is also a temptation there to avoid risking injury to key players ahead of the season opener. But the players will need the minutes, and in reality, they could get injured in minute one of match one, so why wrap them up in cotton wool.
Jack Grealish commits his future to Villa
Fantastic news, obviously the signing of the transfer window. Jack’s the heartbeat of this Villa team, so it’s great he’s committed his future to us after listening to the owner’s plans. Because lets face it, he could go and play for any team in the world.
I listened to the so-called expert’s on Jack, and it annoyed me. Even more so hearing ex-villa players jumping on the bandwagon, I always said I didn’t think he would leave this window. Jack’s at his boyhood club, and Captain, and just got his first England Cap.
It’s the stuff of dreams as Jack says. For Jack to top this euphoria he will need to win the League with Villa, given how driven the Owners and Jack is, who’s to say he can’t do that in the next five years.
I am told this contract as an increased release clause added to it. So if any club wants to sign Jack they will have to break the bank. Plus if any transfer targets we were making inquires about were reluctant to join us, because of being worried that we were on the verge of losing our best player, well that’s been put to bed and they have just been shown the clubs ambition.