Due to the first international games of the 2016-17 season taking place this week, it has been relatively quiet on the Villa front. The lack of Villa news was almost as dull as many of the international matches that took place this week.
Despite there being little action, there was some Villa based news for supporters to get excited about. This came in the form of left sided midfielder Jack Grealish being offered a new deal. To see a fellow fan, who feels the same love for this club that those in the stands do, living the dream of every Aston Villa supporter brought a smile to many Villans’ faces.
Grealish has been a key player for Villa so far this season and has scored two goals along the way. If his great form is to continue then it looks like he might live up to his potential and become a great footballer, hopefully helping Aston Villa Football Club achieve success. Jack Grealish is quickly becoming an extremely valuable asset to the club and to have secured his services for years to come is fantastic.
While I’m on the topic of Jack Grealish, the creative midfielder was selected to feature in the England U21 squad this week. Unfortunately, Grealish was not to play as he picked up a knock. At first it was reported as nothing too major but it seems there may be more to it as he was sent back to Bodymoor Heath earlier than expected to rejoin his Aston Villa team-mates. Hopefully, its just a case of Gareth Southgate not wanting to risk causing further injury by playing him and he’ll be fit to start against Forest this weekend.
A bit of news that I don’t think many were really expecting was that of Gordon Cowans’ departure. Cowans has been an incredible servant to the club over the years as aboth a player and a coach. During his time as a Villa player Cowans achieved a great deal, including winning the League, the European Super Cup and, most notably, the European Cup. He also picked up a PFA Young Player of the Year award along the way.
We have seen the back of the dull international break and can enjoy entertaining club football once more. Firstly, the Villans take on Nottingham Forest tomorrow afternoon before a mid-week visit from Brentford on Wednesday. Let’s hope for back-to-back wins!