In this instalment of our TT Roundup, Football Transfer Tavern have gathered three of the biggest stories to have involved Aston Villa recently and have provided our thoughts on the reports published.
Brazil urges United to sign Villa trio
TalkSPORT radio host and former Manchester United forward, Alan Brazil, reckons Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should move for three of Aston Villa’s star men – John McGinn, Jack Grealish and Tyrone Mings.
McGinn and Grealish have been the standout performers for the Villans this term, scoring five league goals between them, while Mings’ performances at the back have also been impressive, with the 28-year-old earning a call-up to the senior England squad in recent months.
“They could do worse than Mings, Grealish and McGinn if they are going to spend a couple of hundred million,” said Brazil.
“If you are Ole and you go to Ed Woodward that is who I would want. Do you not think those three would improve Manchester United.” (via talkSPORT).
While it is understandable to suggest United moving to sign three of Villa’s British prospects, it is of course hugely unlikely – if not impossible – for the Red Devils to be able to poach three players from one team.
Though there may be interest in the players as there has been before in the likes of McGinn and Grealish following their performances in the top flight, the idea of all three players leaving for one club is surely far-fetched.
Agbonlahor: Scoring against Birmingham was the ‘best feeling in football’
Former Aston Villa front man Gabby Agbonlahor says that scoring against fierce rivals Birmingham City was the ‘best feeling in football’.
The ex-England international scored five times in 10 meetings for Villa against the Blues in the Second City Derby during his thirteen-year career at Villa Park, including the match-winner on three different occasions.
“Coming from Birmingham and being a Villa man you know how big the game is,” Agbonlahor told the Sportsman.
“At their place it’s a tighter pitch and you’ve got the fans giving you abuse,” he said. “I enjoyed every bit of abuse from every local team, it made me play better.
“It made me want to score more, it made me want to chase the defender more.
“Every time I played against them I did more than likely score against them. They think they’re putting you off but they’re doing the opposite.”
The rivalry between Birmingham and Aston Villa is one of the fiercest in British football, so it’s clear to see why Agbonlahor has such fond memories of finding the back of the net against the Blues, especially considering the 33-year-old is Aston Villa through and through, having risen through the club’s academy system before playing senior football at Villa Park for over a decade.
Shearer suggests Southgate would’ve been impressed by Grealish
Alan Shearer has suggested that Villa midfielder Jack Grealish would have impressed England manager Gareth Southgate with his performance against Brighton on Saturday.
The former Newcastle and England striker named Grealish in his Premier League ‘Team of the Week’, and said that the 24-year-old would have captured the attention of Southgate, who was watching on from the stands at Villa Park.
“If you are going to try and impress the England manager who was watching from the stands, this is the way to do it! A goal and an assist shouldn’t do his chances any harm at all,” Shearer said (via premierleague.com).
Grealish’s recent performances – especially against Brighton last weekend, where the midfielder registered a goal and assist against the Seagulls – should be standing him in good stead with regards to an England call-up.
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