Aston Villa

The rescheduling of Aston Villa v Everton is bad news for Dean Smith’s side who had settled into a positive rhythm before Covid interfered.

That is according to former Sunderland goalscorer Kevin Phillips, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs after the Premier League announced news of the postponement on Thursday.

A number of Villa’s players and staff remain in mandatory isolation after their match against Tottenham, scheduled to be played on 13 January, was too rescheduled.

Villa have now not played Premier League football since 1 January and were forced to field a side with an average age of 18 years and 294 days in the FA Cup on Friday evening.

Phillips had been impressed with them up until this point and believes the disruption to their playing cycle will be a big setback.

He told Football Insider: “It is a massive blow. They were in such great form and every player was playing to their full potential. It is such a shame.

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“Villa are one of those teams who I really enjoy to watch, the most out of any team in the Premier League over the past couple of months actually.

“They create so many chances, they excite me. To have another game postponed and players not being able to train, it is worrying.

“Hopefully, it does not have a knock-on effect for when they do resume and start playing. I hope they get a bit more notice than Fulham did before their next game.” 

Aston Villa are far outstripping expectations in 2020-21 after only narrowly beating relegation last season.

They currently sit in 8th place but know that victory in their two games in hand could lift them as high as 3rd.

In other news, Cardiff City are in advanced talks to sign a 26-year-old Aston Villa defender.