Academy star signs professional Aston Villa deal

The 17-year-old was a member of the youngest side in the club’s history as they took on the Premier League champions in the FA Cup 3rd round on Friday night after coronavirus ruled out the entire first team.

“Lamare joined us in the summer and since then we have been pleased with his development,” academy manager Mark Harrison told avfc.co.uk.

He continued:

“His development has seen him play a number of times for our under-23s at the age of 16.”

Tottenham versus Aston Villa postponed due to coronavirus, Spurs will instead play Fulham

The west Londoners’ game with Tottenham on December 30 was postponed due to a coronavirus outbreak at the Craven Cottage club.

Fulham’s derby versus Chelsea has been put back from Friday night to Saturday teatime, the club also confirmed.

Spurs’ fixture against Villa had been in doubt since it emerged last week that there had been a Covid-19 outbreak at the midlands club, with 10 of their first-team players testing positive.

However, Fulham’s acceptance of bringing the match against Tottenham forward to this week means Spurs’ backlog has remained the same, rather than got even worse.

Villa were forced to shut their training ground and fielded a youth team in the FA Cup third-round tie against Liverpool last Friday.

Villa’s league match against Everton – due to be played on Saturday evening – has been pushed back to Sunday, kicking off at noon, the Premier League said.

“Following Aston Villa’s request to rearrange the fixture, and due to the number of players and staff who have either tested positive for Covid-19 or have been placed in isolation by the club, the Premier League had no other option than to reschedule the game,” a league statement read.

“With the health of players and staff the priority, the league continues to work with Aston Villa on measures to ensure their league season resumes safely and at the earliest opportunity.

“The Premier League wishes those with Covid-19 a full and swift recovery and will rearrange Aston Villa’s game against Tottenham Hotspur as soon as possible.

“As a result of this rescheduling, Spurs will now play their home match against Fulham in its place, on Wednesday January 13 at 8.15pm on Amazon Prime Video. The fixture was previously postponed on December 30.

“With Fulham now playing on Wednesday, January 13, their home fixture against Chelsea will be moved from Friday, January 15 to Saturday, January 16 at 5.30pm, and will remain live on Sky Sports.

“Everton’s away game at Aston Villa will be rescheduled from Saturday, January 16 5.30pm to Sunday, January 17, 12pm, and will remain live on Sky Sports.”

Liverpool beat the Aston Villa kids in FA Cup win

Following a string of positive Covid-19 tests for Villa, stand in boss Mark Delaney had to field a full starting XI of academy players against the Reds.

But, apparently Jurgen Klopp didn’t read the pre-game script, as the German boss named a strong side to face the kids.

Sadio Mane handed Liverpool an early lead as he powered home Curtis Jones’ cross before Louie Barry netted a superb equaliser.

Calum Rowe’s pass caught out Rhys Williams and the highly rated Barry raced on to slot past Caoimhin Kelleher.

Liverpool reacted ruthlessly after the break however, as a five-minute blitz saw off Villa’s plucky challenge.

Gini Wijnaldum swept home from the edge of the box before the ever reliable Mane and Mo Salah ended any chance of a fairy tale.

Full Time on a strange night at Villa Park it’s Aston Villa 1 Liverpool 4

Aston Villa’s Keinan Davis attracting Championship interest

The Sky Bet Championship pair are keen on the forward to boost their promotion chances, the PA news agency reports.

Davis is high on Bournemouth’s list if they sell Josh King or Dominic Solanke in the transfer window.

Villa, West Brom and Newcastle have been credited with an interest in King, who is expected to leave the Cherries having played just eight times without scoring this season.

Solanke has scored nine times in 23 games with Bournemouth third in the Sky Bet Championship as they aim for an instant return to the Premier League.

Swansea, who sit second, have also turned their attention to Davis after Southampton’s Michael Obafemi suffered a serious muscle injury in training.

The striker was expected to move to the Liberty Stadium on loan but is now sidelined, leaving the Swans – also interested in Crawley’s Max Watters – to revise their plans.

Davis has played seven times for Villa this season, scoring once, but his only starts have come in the Carabao Cup. He has netted five goals in 74 appearances since making his debut in 2017.

The 22-year-old academy graduate could be pushed further down the pecking order with Wesley stepping up his recovery.

The forward has been out for a year with a serious knee injury but is due to join non-contact training with the squad next week.

His progress is likely to determine whether Villa boss Dean Smith gives Davis the green light to leave.

Villa host Liverpool in the FA Cup third round on Friday.

Premier League Preview: Manchester United v Aston Villa

Ole Gunner Solskjaer’s 2nd placed Manchester United face Aston Villa on New Year’s Day and may have their work cut out if they are to keep up with league leaders Liverpool.

The Red Devil’s have steadily worked their way up the Premier League table in recent weeks and will be looking to continue their good run of form against a Villa side who are unbeaten in their last 5 games.

United haven’t tasted defeat since Arsenal visited Old Trafford on November 1st but Dean Smith’s Villains will be no walk in the park.

Villa come into the game off the back of a Jack Grealish inspired 1 all draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge that manager Dean Smith said showed his teams great character.

This ones bound to be a cracker and takes place on New Years Day at 8pm.

Premier League: Chelsea 1-1 Aston Villa

But Frank Lampard’s men could not get back to winning ways after their 3-1 loss at Arsenal on Boxing Day, to be left instead with just one victory in their last five league matches.

Villa, by contrast, extended their unbeaten run to five matches, to sit fifth in the table and hold off Chelsea in sixth.

Chelsea boss Lampard made six changes from the Boxing Day defeat at Arsenal but will have been frustrated not to receive the upswing in performance he had demanded.

Villa’s neat build-up play and compact work off the ball kept Chelsea pegged back regularly throughout a cagey opening half-hour.

But just when Villa were gearing up to be reasonably satisfied with their work, Chelsea finally strung together a move of purpose and incision.

The first true flowing attack from the Blues yielded the breakthrough, as Chilwell delivered the telling cross – and Giroud applied the deadly finish.

Villa snatched an equaliser shortly after the break to halt Chelsea’s momentum, though the legitimacy of the goal would be long debated.

El Ghazi tapped home at the far post but would arguably not have had the space to do so had Grealish been censured for his tackle on Christensen in the build-up.

Villa managed to see the rest of the game out, leaving Stamford Bridge with a 1-1 draw.

Premier League: Chelsea 1-1 Aston Villa

But Frank Lampard’s men could not get back to winning ways after their 3-1 loss at Arsenal on Boxing Day, to be left instead with just one victory in their last five league matches.

Villa, by contrast, extended their unbeaten run to five matches, to sit fifth in the table and hold off Chelsea in sixth.

Chelsea boss Lampard made six changes from the Boxing Day defeat at Arsenal but will have been frustrated not to receive the upswing in performance he had demanded.

Villa’s neat build-up play and compact work off the ball kept Chelsea pegged back regularly throughout a cagey opening half-hour.

But just when Villa were gearing up to be reasonably satisfied with their work, Chelsea finally strung together a move of purpose and incision.

The first true flowing attack from the Blues yielded the breakthrough, as Chilwell delivered the telling cross – and Giroud applied the deadly finish.

Villa snatched an equaliser shortly after the break to halt Chelsea’s momentum, though the legitimacy of the goal would be long debated.

El Ghazi tapped home at the far post but would arguably not have had the space to do so had Grealish been censured for his tackle on Christensen in the build-up.

Villa managed to see the rest of the game out, leaving Stamford Bridge with a 1-1 draw.

Premier League Preview: Chelsea v Aston Villa

They play host to Aston Villa in their final game of 2020 and the former England man is expected to make changes.

Full back pair Reece James and Ben Chilwell are both back in action after their injuries were not as bad as first feared.

But Kai Havertz and Jorginho could return to the starting team in place of Mateo Kovacic and Timo Werner.

Villa have enjoyed a much better festive period than their hosts in this one with back-to-back 3-0 wins over West Brom and Crystal Palace.

That run of results means he’s likely to make less changes than Lampard, with the suspended Tyrone Mings the only absentee, with United States international Ezri Konsa set to step in.

And this one gets going at 5.30pm at Stamford Bridge on December 28th.

Ten-man Aston Villa prove too strong for Crystal Palace

Palace nearly made the perfect start when Wilfried Zaha was played clean through, catching Tyrone Mings on his heels, but Villa goalkeeper Emi Martinez was equal to the attempt.

The hosts then took the lead only five minutes in, when Bertrand Traore played in Ollie Watkins down the right and was on hand to thump the ball into the net after Vicente Guaita parried Watkins’ shot into the middle of the box.

Villa were then, however, reduced to 10-men when Mings stuck out an arm to block Zaha and was shown a second yellow on the stroke of half time.

Despite their numerical disadvantage, Villa continued to enjoy the better of the game in the second half.

And the second goal that arrived in the 66th minute was no more than they deserved. Palace failed to defend an El Ghazi free-kick, Watkins headed against the crossbar and Hause followed up to score his second Premier League goal for Villa.

With Palace forced to commit more men forward, Villa looked even more dangerous, and, after Watkins saw a shot blocked, he teed-up El Ghazi for his fourth goal in four games.

The result lifted Villa into the Premier League’s top six – for a few hours at least – while Palace have now conceded 10 goals in two matches after last weekend’s hammering by Liverpool.

Premier League Preview: Aston Villa v Crystal Palace

The Villains have looked brilliant on the road in recent weeks with wins over Leicester, Arsenal, Wolves and West Brom.

But at home they have struggled and Smith will need to change that…….and quick.

His team picked up no casualties in their win over the Baggies last time out and he could name an unchanged line up with Ross Barkley and Ezri Konsa back on the bench.

For Palace, things can’t really get much worse after they were whacked 7-0 by Liverpool last weekend and Roy Hodgson looks certain to change things up.

Christian Benteke is back in the squad after a one game ban with James Tomkins, Michy Batshuayi and James McCarthy all pushing for a starting spot

And Kick Off is set for a 3pm start on Boxing Day at Villa Park

Sam Allardyce’s Premier League return ends in defeat as West Brom lose to Aston Villa

The Baggies played the majority of the game with ten men following Jake Livermore’s red card but Allardyce’s new team were never really in it against the Villa.

Dean Smith’s side were quick out of the traps against the cross city rivals with Anwar El Ghazi putting them in front after just five minutes.

Summer signing Bertrand Traore’s cross drifted over a line of West Brom defenders inside the box and the Dutchman arrived on cue to finish at the back post.

That goal put the Baggies on the back foot before the break and their task was made even harder after Livermore was dismissed for a lunge at Jack Grealish.

With a goal and a man advantage after the restart Villa looked to move through the gears as Scottish international John McGinn headed wide just wide of the post.

But Smith’s side did finally wrap the points up with five minutes to go, as Traore cooly slotted home and El Ghazi netted his second of the night from the spot after Semi Ajayi bundled over Grealish inside the box.

Full Time at The Hawthorns it’s West Brom 0 Aston Villa 3