Aston Villa provide update on potential Man Utd transfer as Jack Grealish comment ‘nightmare’ – fr

Aston Villa provide update on potential Man Utd transfer as Jack Grealish comment ‘nightmare’ – fr

Here are your Friday May 14 Aston Villa morning headlines.

Smith gives Heaton update amid Man Utd interest

Aston Villa goalkeeper Tom Heaton was absent from Dean Smith’s side for the first time in 23 appearances with Jed Steer being preferred as a replacement option against Everton.

The 35-year-old England striker has been linked with a return to Manchester United in recent weeks as the Red Devils look to strengthen their goalkeeper department this summer.

As for the future of Heaton’s Villa, his contract expires on June 30 when he can also speak to other clubs ahead of a free transfer with the big favorites United to take him.

Smith was asked about United’s transfer interest in Heaton this week.

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“Tom’s contract is finished at the end of the season, as we know,” he said.

“As far as I know, he is in negotiations with Johan Lange, our sporting director. It is a private conversation for the moment between them. ”

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Redknapp makes a Grealish “nightmare” comparison

Jamie Redknapp drew comparisons between Villa captain Jack Grealish and Arsenal star Emile Smith-Rowe.

Grealish missed the final three months of the Premier League season with a shin injury before coming back against Everton last night, but received widespread applause after taking his game to a new level this term.

With six goals and 10 top-flight assists under his belt, Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes recently named Grealish as one of his rivals for the player of the year award.

Smith-Rowe recently revealed he admires Grealish after Villa’s stunning talisman season with club and country – and Redknapp has admitted there are similarities between the players.

Smith-Rowe, 20, was in great shape as Arsenal beat Chelsea 1-0 on Wednesday, scoring their second goal in as many games with a first-half winner.

“He’s an exceptional player and he travels so well with the ball,” Redknapp told Sky Sports after the game. “There are some players, and you don’t want to compare them, but when Grealish has the ball on his feet, they are a lot alike in the way they move. It’s a nightmare to defend against.

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Villa vs Everton player ratings

Villa came in a goalless draw with Everton in a game that had a real end-of-season feel to it.

It was the second time in just 12 days that the two sides faced each other after the Premier League fixture list debacle after the January postponement.

As for the game itself, Villa finally welcomed star man Grealish after his 12 games and 89 days away due to his shin injury.

The captain had the last 20 minutes and, seconds after arriving, showed what Villa was missing with a series of targeted dribbles over Everton’s backline.

Villa, meanwhile, was indebted to Emi Martinez in the second half after the Argentine brilliantly saved from Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s face-to-face while, minutes later, he had stopped Ben Godfrey’s volley towards his first post. The South American also managed another whip to thwart Calvert-Lewin’s header in the 86th minute.

In the end, it was a lackluster draw on a wet evening in B6 with Smith’s side having just three games to play in the next 10 days before the season ends. Villa remains 11th and one point behind Leeds United in 10th.

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Dominic Calvert-Lewin of Everton has a shot saved by Emiliano Martinez of Aston Villa

Souness makes a prediction of Villa under Sawiris and Edens

Graeme Souness believes the days of Villa’s “underperformance” are over under owners Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens.

The billionaire duo have invested heavily since their takeover of the club by Tony Xia three years ago in a bid to make Villa a powerhouse again in the Premier League.

Villa transfer expenses under their ownership are approaching £ 300million and head coach Smith is expected to be backed generously in the transfer market again this summer.

Funds have also been made available for improvements to the Bodymoor Heath club training ground while plans are in place to expand and update Villa Park.

Villa are on track for a comfortable mid-table finish this season after showing a big improvement over relegation last quarter.

With quality additions to Smith’s squad this summer, the goal is to push the standings further and Souness believes Villa has the right owners to do it.

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