Player News - Aston Villa

Date: Team: Pos:

Middlesbrough are in talks to acquire American goalkeeper Brad Guzan.

Guzan was part of relegated Aston Villa side and has been deemed surplus at Aston Villa. The 31-year-old still has some time left as a starting goalkeeper and would be an upgrade over anyone currently at Middlesbrough. He will be a low-tier fantasy pick if he ends up with the new-comers.
Source: Sky Sports
Jul 27 - 4:38 PM

AFC Bournemouth club captain Tommy Elphick has called an end to his career at the Vitality to become the first signing of new Aston Villa boss Roberto Di Matteo.

Elphick enjoyed four hugely successful years at the club helping the Cherries climb from League One to the Premier League following his £200k arrival from Brighton. However, the 28-year-old struggled to nail down a place last season due to an ongoing Achilles problem which ultimately required surgery, side-lining Elphick for over four months. Villa dropped down to the second-tier of English football and following his appointment, Di Matteo has moved quickly to start the rebuilding process: "I'm really pleased to bring Tommy to the football Club," said the new Villa boss. "He is a fantastic player and also a fantastic character which is very important. He knows what is required to win promotion to the Premier League from the Championship and that experience will be invaluable." The defender joins for a fee reported to be in the region of £3.6million.
Source: Daily Mail
Jun 20 - 6:01 PM

AFC Bournemouth have accepted a £3m bid made by Championship side Aston Villa for the acquisition of center back Tommy Elphick.

The club captain missed a large portion of last season with an ankle injury and recovery from subsequent surgery, making only fourteen appearances for the club in their promotional campaign. For much of his absence, Eddie Howe shifted right back Simon Francis into a center back role, pairing with Steve Cook, opening the door for Adam Smith to play in Francis' normal position. Should Elphick depart to play for Roberto Di Matteo's side, coupled with the release of veteran Sylvain Distin last week, the Cherries will certainly be in the market for a center back and the £3m they would get for Elphick would help pay for it.
Source: Sky Sports
Jun 16 - 1:59 AM

The Ireland national team is coming into full fitness at just the right time with James McCarthy and Ciaran Clark back.

The Everton standout midfielder has yet to train with the Irish squad after suffering a thigh injury at the end of the Premier League season. Meanwhile, Clark missed the team's friendly draw with the Netherlands on Friday due to an Achilles injury, but participated in light training on Saturday ahead of Tuesday's friendly against Belarus. While McCarthy is set to return to training on Monday, coach Martin O'Neill said he will likely not be involved in the friendly, but has done enough to be in the 23-man final squad for the European championships this summer.
Source: Sky Sports
May 28 - 2:29 PM

Aston Villa will face a battle to keep hold of defender Ciaran Clark with West Brom manager Tony Pulis keen to seal a summer move.

West Brom reportedly made a bid last summer to prise Clark away from Aston Villa, but the Irishman signed a five-year contract to remain at Villa Park. However, with Aston Villa relegated, Pulis is expected to make another bid to trigger the 26-year-old's £5 million release clause after locking down Gareth McAuley and Jonas Olsson to a pair of one-year contracts. The "Express and Star" also reports the Baggies could make a move for versatile Newcastle defender Paul Dummett after the Magpies' relegation.
May 23 - 1:52 PM

Aston Villa have been boosted by the news that Jordan Lyden could return to action sooner than originally anticipated after tests revealed his injury is not as bad as first feared.

The young Aussie midfielder, who broke into the first team towards the back end of the season, limped off on the final day amid concerns of a serious knee injury. Caretaker boss Eric Black revealed Lyden had "tweaked his meniscus" post-match on Sunday, but further tests have since confirmed the 20-year-old suffered a thigh injury. Lyden is expected to miss around two-months and barring any setbacks, could return to pre-season training in July with an outside chance of being ready for the Championship opener.
May 18 - 11:35 AM

Eric Black could be forced into a change of formation with Ciaran Clark and Alan Hutton doubtful for the final game of the season at Arsenal.

Villa earned a credible 0-0 draw with Newcastle in game week thirty-seven with Clark lining up in a back three and Hutton playing in a five man midfield. However, during Fridays’ pre-match briefing, the caretaker boss confirmed that both are struggling due to ankle and calf injuries respectively. Aly Cissokho could return at left-back with Micah Richards partnering Lescott in a 4-4-2 with youngster Kevin Toner retaining his place in the starting XI. Rudy Gestede is back in contention following his return to training but Kieran Richardson and Jordan Veretout are expected to miss out after weeks on the sidelines.
Source: Yahoo! Sport
May 14 - 8:46 AM

Aston Villa may have been relegated weeks ago, but the Premier League laughing stock showed it still has a role to play in a 0-0 draw with Newcastle.

The draw and a Sunderland win means Newcastle and Norwich City could be relegated on Wednesday if Sunderland beats Everton. But more importantly for Aston Villa, the club broke a horrendous 11-game losing streak in the Premier League with its first point and first clean sheet since the start of February. Villa youngster Kevin Toner played a crucial part in securing the point, its ninth of 2016, filling in for Aly Cissokho at left-back, in an astonishingly defensive match that featured only two shots on goal, none of which coming from Villa.
Source: NBC Sports
May 7 - 12:15 PM

Eric Black confirmed Ciaran Clark is ready to return this weekend but Kieran Richardson will remain on the side-lines.

The pair missed last weekends’ home defeat to Southampton after sustaining injuries on the eve of the match, but while Clark has been passed fit for the trip to Vicarage Road – Richardson is struggling to shake off a calf problem. "Ciaran is doing okay now," revealed Black after the defender re-joined the group in training on Thursday. "Apart from that, Kieran Richardson hasn't recovered in time from his calf injury." Micah Richards is facing a race against time to be fit for this weekend: "We will see if he is ready," said the caretaker boss.
Apr 28 - 4:38 PM

Bournemouth had lots of chances early but could only score one as Chelsea roared past them for a 4-1 win.

Yes, it's true, it is possible to use the word profligate about a team other than Arsenal. The Cherries deserved the tag early against Chelsea and they ended up paying for it. Cesc Fabregas was masterful and Eden Hazard was resurgent as the reigning champions hung four on Eddie Howe's men
Source: Espnfc.com
Apr 23 - 12:57 PM

Aston Villa's first game of its Premier League farewell tour fell right in line with the path of its season, clearly outplayed and overwhelmed, in a 4-2 loss to Southampton.

The loss is Villa's 10th Premier League defeat in a row, although the two-goal output was the club's best since its last win: a 2-0 victory against Norwich City on February 6. The only bright spot was Ashley Westwood scoring his first goals of the season, only his fourth and fifth of his Premier League career. The central midfielder found himself in the right spot on two occasions, capitalizing on a scramble in the box just before half-time while putting pressure on Saints with five minutes left to cut the lead to one from nearly the same spot in the box.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 23 - 12:27 PM

Just days after confirming Gabby Agbonlahor would be unavailable for selection due to concerns over his fitness. The Villa forward has landed himself in more hot water.

Speaking ahead of trip to Old Trafford, Eric Black revealed that Agbonlahor was "not at the level to contribute in the way he should" and the forward had agreed to be put on a two-week fitness programme. But following the clubs’ top flight relegation on Saturday, Agbonlahor was pictured partying in a London hotel with canisters of laughing gas. Following the news, Villa moved quickly and released a statement confirming his immediate suspension: "Aston Villa Football Club has today suspended Gabby Agbonlahor pending an internal investigation. This is following allegations concerning his conduct at the weekend. There will be no further comment from the Club in relation to this matter until the investigation has been completed."
Source: The Guardian
Apr 20 - 6:12 AM

Aston Villa clinched its first relegation of the Premier League era following a 1-0 loss to Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday.

Villa was last relegated in 1987 but was the clear favorite to suffer the drop for much of the season, which included three different managers and only three wins. The club's latest form may be the tell-tale sign of its mediocrity this season: nine straight Premier League losses while being outscored 25-3 and one goal in the last six. Villa couldn't manage a shot on goal until Rudy Gestede made his way onto the pitch with under 10 minutes remaining in the match. The forward seemed to give hope for an away point after seeing his tap-in blocked by Daley Blind while the subsequent corner resulted in Gestede hitting the post with a well-struck volley.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 16 - 12:17 PM

Ciaran Clark has returned to light training and Eric Black is confident the defender will be available for the visit of AFC Bournemouth this weekend.

Clark picked up a calf injury while on international duty and missed the embarrassing home defeat to Chelsea. However, caretaker boss Black revealed the 26-year-old should re-join the group later this week. With Alan Hutton suspended, Clark could partner Joleon Lescott centrally with Micah Richards moving across onto the right - Jores Okore is another option should Clark fail to recover in time. Jack Grealish and Adama Traore continue to step up their recovery from respective ankle and foot injuries by playing for the Under-21s on Monday. Grealish impressed in his 30 minute cameo last Saturday while Traore missed out due to a lack of fitness.
Apr 6 - 10:24 AM

Aston Villa's top flight status went further down the drain today as they put in another shambolic performance, losing to Chelsea 0-4.

Aston Villa were probably never going to get a positive result today but they never put up much of a fight on both sides of the ball and have clearly lost any incentive to battle their opponents. Jordan Ayew had a couple of chances, a free kick and once from open play, when it was still somewhat of a game in the first half, but that was it from an attacking point of view. The defense crumbled with Aly Cissokho bringing down Alexandre Pato to award Chelsea a penalty and Alan Hutton getting a second yellow card to leave the Villans with ten men. The latter will miss next week's match against AFC Bournemouth, but it would hardly seem to matter for their hopes of a positive result.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 2 - 9:55 AM



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