Aston Villa confront fresh Emi Martinez Argentina uncertainty as Jose Mour…

Welcome to your Aston Villa headlines on Wednesday, September 29, 2021.

Following Villa’s 1-0 win over Manchester United at the weekend, Dean Smith’s attentions will have turned to the trip to Tottenham Hotspur as Nuno Espirito Santo’s Spurs welcome Villa to the capital on Sunday.

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Douglas Luiz interesting Roma

AS Roma have cleared the way for a move for Aston Villa midfielder Douglas Luiz.

Douglas has been heavily connected with a move to Roma with Jose Mourinho said to be a keen admirer of the Brazilian.

Italian media outlet Calciomercato reported on Saturday that Steven Nzonzi’s impending departure to Qatar would give Roma the green light to make a ‘long-awaited’ move for Douglas.

Nzonzi’s move to Al Rayyan, the club James Rodriguez left Everton for last week, has been confirmed.

Douglas is Roma’s top move target and was mentioned as a possible option in the summer but Mourinho’s side looked to have decided against making a move for the 23 year-old in favour of Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka.

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Martinez uncertainty

Aston Villa are facing up to another game without Emiliano Martinez after Lionel Scaloni named the goalkeeper in his latest Argentina squad.

Martinez has been included in Lionel Scaloni’s 30-man squad to confront Paraguay, Uruguay and Peru between October 8 and 15, but fellow Villan Emiliano Buendia has been omitted.

Martinez will keep goal in Villa’s clash with Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday before joining up with Lionel Messi, Angel Di Maria and Co for October’s triple-header.

As things stand, Argentina is on the UK’s coronavirus red list which method anyone arriving on these shores must isolate for 10 days.

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Final piece to Villa’s question might have landed in place

Villa Park is once again becoming a fortress for Aston Villa and improving their form at home could be the final piece to the question that propels this team among the elite in the Premier League.

Dean Smith has his sights set on European football this season and the Villa Park crowd could have a large role to play in this. As they have already shown this season, the sustain of the claret and blue faithful could make all the difference.

In 2020/21, the hopes of European football looked genuinely achievable at times. However, with a second half of the season drop off it was clear the side needed the raise that 42,000 screaming fans could provide.

Villa won just seven home games in 2020/21 with four of these coming in the first half of the season. There was a clear drop off and several performances which needed that kick from the crowd.

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McGinn outlines how Villa can realise NSWE’s ambitions

Scotland international John McGinn has claimed that if Aston Villa are to ‘get back to where it belongs’, the club must continue to play without fear against top Premier League teams.

Villa beat Manchester United 1-0 at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon to buck a trend of recent shortcomings against the Red Devils over the past years.

Not since 2009 had Villa claimed three points against United and while Dean Smith’s side have gone toe-to-toe against the Premier League’s powerhouses since the start of last season, midfielder McGinn is looking forward to the weekend trip to Tottenham Hotspur.

He claims that Villa’s showings against Chelsea and United this season serve as proof that the club can compete for a place amongst the Premier League’s top six places at the end of the campaign.

Speaking ahead of Villa’s clash with Tottenham on Sunday, McGinn said: “At Stamford Bridge we showed we have no fear going to these places and facing these top teams.

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