By John Wenham

20th Nov, 2022 | 1:16pm

Pundit issues 'massive' Unai Emery claim after Aston Villa development

Unai Emery could mould Aston Villa into a whole new team during the World Cup break.

That is according to Spurs expert John Wenham, who regularly breaks news about the club on his Lilywhite Rose social media channels.

Aston Villa beat Brighton 2-1 on Sunday (13 November), making it two wins from two in the Premier League for Emery.

The former Villarreal boss now has six weeks to work with his squad before the Premier League resumes.

Wenham insists this is “massive” for the club’s fortunes.

“Really positive signs for Emery. He is getting the big earners playing again, Danny Ings, Leon Bailey, Lucas Digne,” Wenham told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.

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“He is getting the best out of them. The players have pulled up their socks now and they look like they care, you couldn’t say that about Gerrard’s players.

“They will be disappointed that this break has come when it has. They want to carry on playing and making the most of the phenomenal momentum they have.

“The one thing Emery has now is time. The majority of that squad is staying at home for the World cup so he can work with them and essentially have a pre-season.

“You can’t ask for more as a manager. In a normal season, he wouldn’t be able to do this until the summer.

Now he can do it during the season and I think that’s massive.”

In other news, Aston Villa may be ready to rip up Philippe Coutinho’s contract after a major reveal.