A debut for the role of Samatta and Grealish: Aston Villa predicts XI vs Sheffield United

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Aston Villa will launch the Premier League project restart plan on June 17 as it faces Sheffield United in the first high-level game since March. Villa head coach Dean Smith will lead the Villans against Chris Wilder’s top flight blades in just a week as Project Restart kicks off.

Prior to that, Villa played a number of training matches against West Bromwich Albion and Leicester City.

On a professional level, it’s been a while since Villa’s last correct match, a lackluster defeat against Leicester, and the side is now facing a tough comeback as he opens the season started by playing his match in hand.

It’s as good as a must-win – and there won’t be much rest. The Villa will need to quickly prepare for another match within three days of the rest of the league returning.

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Still, the team is back in training – with the exception of seriously injured Wesley and Tom Heaton – and is preparing to jump into a huge stretch of ten games.

As contact training begins, Villa will prepare for this first meeting. Between now and the kick-off, a lot could happen. The road to football is long, but who could start in Villa’s first team against the Blades?

Let’s see…

Goalkeeper – Orjan Nyland

Nyland had a successful shot. It’s goalkeeper coach Neil Cutler’s big project, he has won his stripes – he has gone through ups and downs with Villa and now it is up to Cutler, the club and himself to fulfill his potential.

He was a member of the Guardian tournament team at Euro U21 2013, replacing David De Gea of ​​Manchester United, and is steeped in experience and pedigree.

The Norwegian goalkeeper should start Villa’s games until Tom Heaton can return – and the only factor that should put Heaton above Nyland is his leadership skills.

As for Pepe Reina, the lender of AC Milan must regain his place. All the goodwill accumulated during his February parades was marred by a terrible mistake in March against Leicester, the catalyst for a 4-0 defeat. Nyland certainly has an error in him, but he won his chance.

He is expected to start against the Blades in June.



Lateral rear – Matt Targett & Frederic Guilbert

Targett and Guilbert, two prominent players who got started during the season, are Villa’s men on the wings, offering attacking capabilities and defensive strength – but both have suffered major problems.

Targett, for example, has been eliminated from high pressure matches several times. Against the wolves, a blow to the head pulled him out of the game as he struggled against Watford and collapsed at a crucial time. There is a pattern and it is a bad drawback for someone who has been largely excellent this season.

Unlike Guilbert, whose aggressiveness can take him out of the game. The French rear is a marvel, but can disappear because of his taste for breaking up the field in a straight line, only to find himself on the right track. During a match, it breaks a little.

While Ahmed Elmohamady and Neil Taylor represent more conservative options – and the former’s crossover ability should put him to the test – Targett and Guilbert are too good to be abandoned.

Central Defenders – Tyrone Mings & Bjorn Engels

Dean Smith’s Ezri Konsa and Kortney Hause experience pushed two excellent defenders with high potential to the limit. Their time will come, but for now Bjorn Engels and Tyrone Mings have to leave for Villa.

Engels’ aerial capacity and ball game complement his defensive partner and the goalkeeper. He just has a little more on him than Konsa or Hause. At the start of the season, he was the name on everyone’s lips and only a series of games can help him find his best shape for the club.

As for Mings, much has been placed on his shoulders – including Villa’s poor defensive record.

To be frank, it would be much worse without Mings, who constantly put everything at stake to keep the team in every game. There are mistakes, but only because he is ready to experiment – and completely reluctant to collapse into old and predictable routines.

If Villa breaks down, even with an atrocious defensive record, paradoxically, this cannot be attributed to either Engels or Mings – who do their best, and it shows.



Mings and Engels.

Defensive Midfield – Marvelous Nakamba

The common thought is this: for Villa to succeed, they need Jack Grealish to function well.

It’s a bit of a mistake, though. Grealish can do whatever he wants, but if Nakamba is not on guard, all of Villa’s hard work can be canceled in an instant.

Without Nakamba, Villa’s midfielder lacks defensive energy and is far too avant-garde. There is no back end to play and the field is a bit limited.

Villa has other roles to deploy deeper in the midfield, but Conor Hourihane and Douglas Luiz don’t really want to help in the attack, while Nakamba excels in defense.

Nakamba would be one of the first names on the scoresheet if he did not have his starred colleagues in front of him.

Villa has yet to determine where Danny Drinkwater fits into the team, but will face Mcginn, Hourihane and Luiz for a spot. Nakamba has this locked up.

Central Middle – John McGinn & Conor Hourihane

It is very difficult to leave Douglas Luiz aside – because the playmaker has exceptional abilities and grows with each game, but Hourihane offers Villa a little more than Luiz, as fantastic as the Brazilian can be.

Both players can score from a distance and create attacking opportunities – but the Irishman is a little more tenacious in defense, bonding well with Jack Grealish and making Villa a threat to set pieces.

This does not mean that there is no role at all for Luiz – who should tour with Hourihane when the situation requires it. There will be plenty of time for the two on the field, but for the pack for the first game, Hourihane’s stopping ability could clinch it.

John McGinn doesn’t need an introduction, and if he is in good shape (he should be), he will be one of the first names on the scoresheet, giving Villa a true platform for midfielder and removing all the pressure from Hourihane and Nakamba.



Hourihane is ready for action.

Wingers – Jack Grealish and Anwar El Ghazi

Jack Grealish should start all of Villa’s games here, and only rest should keep him 100% in Project Restart. He’s the best Villa player by far, and the camp doesn’t really work without him. He makes the most of the foundations laid by others and is a force for Villa on the wing, drawing all the attention of the opposing team on the flank. It’s obvious.

The real question is who starts on the other flank. Anwar El Ghazi has not covered himself in glory against Southampton, but is another of the many Villa jokers who can defeat teams in their time.

When things are not going well, it’s a different matter.

Trezeguet provides a good pace of work and an attack boost, but there’s just a little more to what El Ghazi is bringing in right now. That said, this is another position that will turn strongly and both have a lot to offer.

The flying Dutchman from Villa should prosper.

Forward – Mbwana Samatta

Mbwana Samatta has not really started for the Villa yet – but he already has key objectives, leads the line well and is a force in the air. It gives Villa an added edge, is an upscale front and is clearly Premier League quality. He may need time to start, but the rest of the team and Samatta are on the same page as the others.

The Tanzanian captain will give everything to the Villa, and he could prove to be the signature of the season. We will see.



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