Chelsea manager Frank Lampard will certainly learn a lot about his players during this period of games without victory ahead of the Premier League clash with league newcomers Aston Villa.
Chelsea are without a win in their last three games in all competitions including defeats in each of the last two league games and new manager Frank Lampard would be hoping to lead his team back to the glory path against a stubborn Aston Villa who were able to secure a 2-2 draw in their last league game at Manchester United at the weekend.
Chelsea won six league games in a row before they came unstuck at Premier League champions Manchester City via a 2-1 defeat.
That defeat was followed by the 1-1 draw away to Valencia in the Champions League before the 1-0 loss to West Ham United at home at the weekend.
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Chelsea manager Frank Lampard rested the likes of N’Golo Kante and Willian for the West Ham United game on Saturday though the two players came off the bench and were unable to affect the result positively.
The two players will be restored into the starting lineup for the Villa game as well as leading goalscorer Tammy Abraham who’s expected to make his return from the injury that ruled him out of action at the weekend.
Probable Chelsea XI vs Aston Villa (4-3-3): Kepa Arrizabalaga; Reece James, Fikayo Tomori, Kurt Zouma, Emerson Palmieri; N’Golo Kante, Mateo Kovacic, Mason Mount; Willian, Tammy Abraham, and Christian Pulisic.
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Malian-born Spanish winger Adama Traore has come a long way in his Premier League career which started at Aston Villa. The player came through the famed La Masia Academy at Barcelona and was earmarked for big things resulting from his huge potentials.
It is safe to say that Adama Traore didn’t show those potentials at the start of his Premier League career upon moving to England from Barcelona. He was part of the Aston Villa team that suffered relegation for the first time in the Premier League era during the 2015/16 campaign.
Adama Traore often showed his rawness at Aston Villa as he did little to prevent the club from dropping into the English Championship. The same relegation befell his next club Middlesbrough whom he joined shortly after his first season in England.
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The 24-year-old suffered Premier League relegation with Middlesbrough in his first season at the Riverside and that proved to be a blessing in disguise as he began to show his true potentials in the English Championship the following season under the guidance of Tony Pulis.
His impressive performances at Middlesbrough earned him a club-record move to Wolverhampton Wanderers in 2018 and he has been able to make a better impact in his third shot at Premier League football after his Aston Villa and Boro experiences.
Adama Traore had a good first campaign at Wolves during the 2018/19 season and this proved to be the catalyst for him to become one of the most improved players in the English top flight this season. The biggest English teams are now interested in his services with Manchester United said to be leading the race to sign him.
Other big clubs like Liverpool and Manchester City also want to sign the speedster who will definitely not be a cheap acquisition.
Manchester United are in the market for wingers this summer and Adama Traore is a good possibility leading us to how they can sign him. The Red Devils will have to pay a big transfer fee that could be over £50m for the player and also see off rivals Liverpool and Manchester City to secure him onto their playing squad at the start of the 2020/21 season.
EPL: Man Utd Ready To Offer Improved Terms To Sign £80million Player
Premier League giants Manchester United have concluded plans to offer top transfer target Jack Grealish an improved contract offer for the player to join them this summer.
Aston Villa skipper Jack Grealish is a transfer target for the Red Devils ahead of the summer as reported by various British media outlets in the past weeks.
According to The Athletic, the £80m-rated player is interested in a big move from Aston Villa to Manchester United.
Jack Grealish has been the main man at his boyhood club this season but his quality has not been enough for Aston Villa to move away from the relegation zone on the Premier League table.
The Sun revealed that Manchester United are ready to triple his wages as they try to secure his signing from Aston Villa.
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Jack Grealish earns £50,000 on a weekly basis at Aston Villa and Manchester United are ready to improve his salary to £150,000 per week.
It was also revealed that the Red Devils want to pay a transfer fee of £60m for the player.
Aston Villa were not in Premier League action this weekend and the outcome of other league games saw them drop into the relegation zone. They started the weekend one spot outside the relegation zone before wins for rivals Watford and West Ham United condemned them to two spots further down the table with an outstanding game at home to Sheffield United still to be played.
The Midlands club missed out on Premier League football because of their Carabao Cup final commitments. Jack Grealish was unable to fire his team to Carabao Cup triumph after they lost to Manchester City in the final.
Premier League champions Manchester City retained the Carabao Cup title for another season after they saw off Aston Villa 2-1 in their final clash. The Citizens have now won the competition in each of the last three seasons.
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Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish has refused to ramp up the hopes of the Manchester United fans as regards a possible move to the club later this year.
The English midfielder has addressed the transfer rumours of a possible transfer to Old Trafford.
Jack Grealish was asked about Manchester United in an interview with Express & Star and the 24-year-old was delighted with being touted as a possible player for the Red Devils.
According to him, he’s flattered by the Manchester United transfer links before adding that his immediate focus is to produce the best results for Aston Villa.
Jack Grealish and Aston Villa are in the thick of things as far as the Premier League relegation battle is concerned though they won’t be in league action this weekend due to Carabao Cup commitments.
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Aston Villa will face back-to-back champions Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final on Sunday.
Manchester City have won the last two editions of the competition but they have a mammoth Champions League clash with Real Madrid before they face Aston Villa.
Real Madrid will host Manchester City in the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie later this week before the return leg in England next month.
Grealish and Aston Villa are yet to win a trophy for the better part of the last 24 years dating back to their FA Cup win in 1996.
For the league, Aston Villa were still able to maintain their place just above the relegation zone despite the defeat suffered at the hands of Southampton during the just concluded weekend.
Shane Long and Stuart Armstrong scored at the start of the game and at the end of the game respectively to give Southampton a 2-0 win at home to Aston Villa who stay one point above the relegation zone after the latest set of league matches.
Arsenal Striker Warned Off Premier League Strugglers Amid Aston Villa Loan
Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah has been warned to stay off a loan move to Aston Villa by former Premier League player Darren Bent.
The ex-Aston Villa, Derby County and Tottenham Hotspur striker was on TalkSports while he talked about Eddie Nketiah and his former club.
There have been several transfer reports of a loan move for Eddie Nketiah from Arsenal to Aston Villa but Darren Bent feels like it would be too risky for all the parties involved.
Darren Bent wants a more experienced striker option for Aston Villa with Crystal Palace player Christian Benteke another option for the club which is in his first season back in the top flight.
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Aston Villa have dropped into the bottom three places in the Premier League after the victory for Watford at the weekend as well as the heavy home loss to champions Manchester City.
Watford climbed out of the relegation zone on Sunday at the expense of Aston Villa after the emphatic 3-0 away win over Bournemouth who are also in the relegation places.
Bournemouth are now occupying second bottom on the league table.
Aston Villa were further plunged into trouble with the heavy 6-1 defeat at the hands of Manchester City.
The Midlands club wants a new striker after the serious knee injury to first choice Wesley.
Eddie Nketiah just returned from a loan spell at Leeds United in the English Championship.
Liverpool Backed To Sign £45m-rated Attacker
Liverpool legend Danny Murphy has backed the club to make a move for one of the best-attacking midfielders in the Premier League this term.
Aston Villa skipper Jack Grealish has been one of the best-attacking midfielders in the top flight undoubtedly as the 24-year-old has shone in a poor team.
In his column with the Daily Mail, Danny Murphy, an Ex-Liverpool midfielder, said that Jack Grealish would be a great signing for the Reds if they could secure his transfer with arch-rivals Manchester United also interested in the player who came through the Aston Villa Academy.
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According to Danny Murphy, Jack Grealish is a better option than the current creative midfielders in Liverpool at the moment.
He has scored eight goals and added six assists in 21 starts for Aston Villa in all competitions.
Liverpool have not signed a replacement for Philippe Coutinho since the Brazilian international star left the Merseysiders for Barcelona and Jack Grealish could be the right man.
He has a £45m release clause in his Aston Villa contract which will expire in 2023.
There have been calls for Jack Grealish to be invited into the England national team squad ahead of the upcoming 2020 European Championships.
Jack Grealish Admits Old Trafford Is His Favourite Stadium
Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish has admitted that Old Trafford is his favourite stadium thereby fuelling the transfer rumours linking him with a move to three-time European champions Manchester United.
Jack Grealish talked about Old Trafford being his favourite stadium in an exclusive interview with popular media channel Sky Sports.
Old Trafford is home to Premier League giants Manchester United.
The Aston Villa skipper and playmaker is just 24-year-old but that has not stopped him from taking up a major role for his Midlands club as he leads his club towards Premier League redemption.
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During the interview with Sky Sports, Jack Grealish also said that the goal he scored against Manchester United is his favourite.
Jack Grealish was on target for Aston Villa at the start of this month during their Premier League visit to Old Trafford.
He scored the opening goal of the game as the two teams shared a four-goal thriller.
Jack Grealish was the Player of the Year for Aston Villa as he helped his boyhood club secure a return back to the Premier League at the end of the last campaign.
The English midfielder is said to be in line for an invitation to the England national team setup as a result of his form for Aston Villa.
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Manchester United fans have called for the signing of one of the best midfielders in the Premier League this season.
Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish has dazzled in the Premier League this term and he’s said to be attracting serious interest from clubs bosses at Manchester United.
According to Footballtransfertavern, scores of Manchester United fans have taken to their various social media accounts to demand the signing of Jack Grealish who is a boyhood Aston Villa fan.
Jack Grealish came through the ranks at Aston Villa before making his debut for the first team.
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He was a key player for Aston Villa as they secured promotion to the Premier League at the end of the last campaign via the Championship playoffs.
Aston Villa beat Derby County 2-1 in the playoff final last season to secure their place in the Premier League this term.
Jack Grealish has been the standout player for Aston Villa in the Premier League this season after netting four goals and four assists including his strike during the last league game.
He scored the only goal for Aston Villa as the former European champions were thrashed by Leicester City at Villa Park last weekend.
Grealish and Aston Villa were beaten 4-1 by the Foxes.
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Premier League newcomers Aston Villa are interested in signing Besiktas defender Domagoj Vida during the upcoming winter transfer window in January.
This is according to the reports emanating from the Turkish media.
Aston Villa are targeting defensive reinforcements especially due to the injury suffered by first-choice centre back Tyrone Mings during the Leicester City game at the weekend.
Tyrone Mings is a recently capped England international and he suffered a hamstring injury in the 23rd minute of the Premier League clash at home to Leicester City on Sunday afternoon and was replaced by Bjorn Engels.
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Turkish football revealed that Aston Villa want to strengthen their defence with Croatian international centre back Domagoj Vida who was previously linked with a move to Arsenal.
Vida has been touted as a potential transfer addition to the Arsenal squad since last summer when he played a key role for the Croatian national team as they reached the final of the 2018 FIFA World Cup tournament in Russia.
The Croatian defender was also linked with Arsenal this summer.
Bottom Premier League club Watford are also interested in signing him.