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Thoughts On Villa’s Starting XI For Burton In The Cup As We Prepare For Sheffield United

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With the 2020/21 Premier League campaign edging ever nearer, Aston Villa have added Matty Cash to our playing ranks and fans naturally hope it’s the first of a few new additions as we look to strengthen the squad and push on from last season’s relegation battle.

With a continuing debate amongst Villa fans as to what our starting XI will look like come the Premier League opener against Sheffield United next weekend, forum member Idgavfc gave his thoughts and he’s still looking for six new additions to improve our options.

With Sunday’s EFL Cup draw pitting us against Burton Albion for the second time in three years, our trip to the Pirelli Stadium on either September 15 or September 16, will raise the curtain on the campaign, so we have to be looking at a busy week now don’t we?

NB – The winner will face either Bristol City or Northampton Town away in Round Three (September 22 or September 23).

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Gk: Heaton/New Signing

Rb: Cash/Guilbert
Cb: Konsa/Engels
Cb: Mings/Hause
Lb: New signing/Targett

DCM: Douglas/Nakamba
CAM: McGinn/Hourihane
CAM: Grealish/New Signing

RW: New signing/Trezeguet
LW: New signing/El Ghazi
ST: New signing/Wesley

Youth players with potential to get game time:

Vassilev, Barry, Chukwuemeka, Ramsey, Davis

I think we are a left back and a new front three away from a full Premier League quality XI. Depending on the length and severity of Heaton’s injury, potentially a goalkeeper too.

In terms of squad depth, I’m happy with centre back and right back positions. Central defensive midfield is quite strong too, Douglas is a crucial player for us but if worst came to worst and he was injured or suspended, Nakamba could step in and do a job. Nakamba lacks any threat when we are in possession, but is a hard worker when we don’t have the ball.

We are especially weak in wide positions. I want to see Grealish in a Number 8/10 position next season, not wide left. We are also weak in midfield depth wise; if McGinn or Grealish are injured, Hourihane is ok at best and there is no one else apart from the youth players (Chuk, Ramsey) mentioned above.

Any players not mentioned (Nyland, Kalinic, Elmo, Taylor, Lansbury, Samatta etc) I don’t really fancy seeing in a Villa shirt next season.


Agree or disagree on the above, as whilst that thread is just getting started, our 2020 Transfer Rumour Thread has plenty of thoughts on who we should be targeting and where we should be looking to add quality.

This next week is only likely to see further suggestions on the rumour mill, but we’ll be hoping we start seeing deals come more quickly over the line now, particularly with Burton now on the horizon.

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