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2022/2023

Aston Villa

In


Diego Carlos (def) Sevilla; Philippe Coutinho (mid) Barcelona – loan made permanent; Robin Olsen (gk) Roma – loan made permanent; Ludwig Augustinsson (def) Sevilla – on loan; Boubacar Kamara (mid) – free; Anwar El Ghazi (mid) Everton – end of loan; Frédéric Guilbert (def) Strasbourg – end of loan;

Out


Trezeguet (att) Trabzonspor; Wesley (att) Levante – on loan; Matt Targett (def) Newcastle; Conor Hourihane (mid) released; Lovre Kalinic (gk) released; Jaden Philogene-Bidace (att) Cardiff - on loan; Carney Chukwuemeka (mid) Chelsea

Dean Smith became one of the season’s early managerial casualties when he was given his marching orders back in November, making way for Steven Gerrard in the Villa Park dugout. The former Rangers boss made an immediate impact and January signings helped Villa to bounce back and finish 14th after a slow start to the season. Philippe Coutinho’s loan move was made permanent after the Brazilian playmaker shined in his Premier League return, while solid centre-back Diego Carlos signed from Sevilla to beef up Villa’s defence and highly-rated Marseille midfielder Boubacar Kamara joined on a free transfer. Gerrard hasn’t lost any important player and the team is expected to be stronger this season. Talented players Jacob Ramsey, Ollie Watkins and Matty Cash have a full Premier League season under their belt, while Coutinho looks eager to revive his career at Villa after an unsuccessful spell at Barcelona. Gerrard, who will have the opportunity to oversee the team’s preseason preparations this time, has a squad that consists of prodigious youngsters and experienced players – the perfect combination in his bid to put together a solid side. Their lack of consistency was their main issue last season, as Villa managed to record three wins in a row just once in their unsuccessful bid to secure a top-half finish.

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Following their investment last January and this summer, the top half must be the absolute minimum Aston Villa aim for next season.

Season Review
2020/2021

№11: Aston Villa

After narrowly avoiding relegation the previous season Aston Villa were determined to do better in 2020/21 and so they did. Crucial for the calm and successful campaign was the great summer recruitment of Martinez, Cash, Barkley and Watkins who all played crucial roles throughout the campaign. Villa started very well, 4 consecutive wins including 7:2 home victory over Liverpool, but then 4 defeats in the next 5 games quickly put them in mid-table. Crucial for the positive results was solid defending with Villa keeping 15 league clean sheets. Goalkeeper Martinez was excellent and despite facing the third highest number of shots on target he finished second only to Man City’s Ederson for most clean sheets. Villa stayed in the top 10 up until Christmas but then 4 defeats in the first 6 games of 2021 ended all hope of challenging for Europe. From February onwards the players knew they would finish in mid-table. Around mid-February captain Grealish was injured and displays declined without him on the pitch only to pick up again in the last few rounds when he returned. Ultimately the calm season was welcomed and Villa saw pretty much all of their summer investments proving good ones, so coach Smith is likely to receive even more money this summer to continue strengthening the ranks. The big question on what much depends is if Grealish will decide to stay, or if he will be tempted away by one of the top teams?


Player of the Season: Emiliano Martinez

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