With project restart now in full swing and June 17th being the date for Villa’s first match since our 4-0 loss against Leicester, football will be different with the new circumstances. Behind closed doors, certain games being at neutral venues, 5 substitutes per game, expanding the number of players in the squads? With all these rules yet to be confirmed it’s worth considering how we could use them to our advantage in the fight for survival.
The suggestion of the expansion of matchday squads leaves the club with the dilemma of who they would actually include as an extra on the bench. But with Louie Barry training with the first team after displaying his quality at different levels of the Villa youth teams, the Ex-Barcelona man would be a wildcard that could go a long way in the relegation battle. After making the move to Villa for Premier League game time, a young and hungry Louie Barry certainly has something to prove on the big stage. The fact that Dean Smith will not have to sacrifice anyone else’s place in order to include Louie Barry in the squad should be an incentive to include him and with Barry already showing signs of being a top player, including him in the first team would act as real motivation for him to prove himself. Despite the fact that he won’t have even turned 17 by the time Villa play Sheffield United, with the speculation that the bench will be expanded it’s fair to say Barry’s chances of making the matchday squad are becoming increasingly likely.
Versatile enough to play as a winger and as a number 9, Louie Barry offers the quality with the ball at his feet that would compliment the playing style of Jack Grealish brilliantly. This being said with the wingers to compliment Samatta’s playing style and his ability to challenge the leagues best centre halves in the air, he should definitely be the priority with his experience and track record of scoring goals in the Premier League. But if the system isn’t working and we have to change something, giving Louie Barry a run and switching the system to compliment a player the opposition are unfamiliar with would give Villa an edge to drag ourselves out of the mud.
It’s clear to see the silver lining of the suspension of the season as Villa have had some much needed respite after our dreadful run of form previously. This chance to regroup has allowed key players to get back to full fitness and allowed players such as John McGinn to make recoveries from injuries. With a rekindled fire in the squad through the return of McGinn, the excitement for the restart is ever growing. And with a sense of new beginnings in the air and a chance at redemption, why not take this chance to create some new heroes for the club? There’s no risk in including him on the bench and he’s clearly motivated to prove himself. The Sutton local is a Villa hero in the making and this is definitely a chance to cement himself in the history books.
UTV, by Micky Lyons.
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