Saturday is going to be a unique day. It’s the beginning of a brand new era and brand new regime and I for one, cannot wait. I cannot wait to see what Dean Smith, Richard O’Kelly and John Terry have managed to do with our squad. They have had very little time with some of the squad to embed their ideas and systems and hopefully, we get to see some of this Saturday.
Another reason that will make it unique is because of the very sad passing of Sir Doug Ellis. Hopefully, we can pay tribute to the man as well as put in a good performance in his memory.
Sell out crowd
Aston Villa confirmed yesterday on their Twitter support page that the game has sold out. Selling out highlights the fans approval of the new management team and excitement about what the new regime could bring.
— Aston Villa FC (@AVFCOfficial) October 18, 2018
The thought of playing attractive and positive football under Smith is something to look forward to. I could bang on about statistics and how Brentford’s pass accuracy per game is higher than Villa’s and their average possession is higher. But I won’t bore you. We all know what sort of team Brentford were under Smith. We can only hope, with time, we see a similar approach, starting this Saturday at Villa Park.
Something out that I am looking forward to is how the players react to the new regime. Some may have been upset when Steve Bruce was sacked but this is a new start for everyone. The re-introduction of Terry will be a massive morale boost for a lot of them. On top of the sell out crowd, many of them will be raring to go.
If you are a regular reader of this website then you will know others have touched upon Jack Grealish. We all want to see Grealish back to his best. Now I am not saying he has been poor this season but he hasn’t hit the heights of last season. The failed move to Tottenham and being played out wide probably didn’t help him.
We all know the potential he has. Now we need to see him live up to it on a consistent basis. I fully expect Smith to build his side around Grealish. He may even be given a free role, allowing him to go about is business and isn’t being tied down. Add to the fact that Terry will no doubt be in his ear giving him encouragement.