Birmingham news Steven Gerrard responds to Aston Villa fans' Emi Buendia concern PremierLeague-News.Com

PremierLeague-News.Com - Latest Aston Villa news via BirminghamLive brings you Gerrard’s comments on two popular player amongst the fans at present, Emi Buendia and the star of pre-season Leon Bailey

Birmingham news Steven Gerrard responds to Aston Villa fans' Emi Buendia concern PremierLeague-News.Com

PremierLeague-News.Com - Latest Aston Villa news via BirminghamLive brings you Gerrard’s comments on two popular player amongst the fans at present, Emi Buendia and the star of pre-season Leon Bailey

Birmingham news Steven Gerrard responds to Aston Villa fans' Emi Buendia concern PremierLeague-News.Com
06 August 2022 - 06:15

PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Steven Gerrard says Emi Buendia will be “a big player” for Aston Villa this season. The Argentinian is touch-and-go for today’s trip to Bournemouth after picking up a thigh strain last week but has trained over the last two days. Villa fans, meanwhile, have wanted to see a little more of the playmaker across pre-season with Philippe Coutinho appearing as Gerrard’s preferred option, whether as a No.10 or as a left-side forward of an attacking three. Buendia started 16 of Gerrard’s 27 Premier League matches last term (16 starts from 19 for Coutinho) and, on the clamour to see Buendia to become a regular, Gerrard said: “I think at times he did explode last year for us. He's someone who I rate just as much as the supporters. “He trained yesterday (Thursday) for the first time in a week. He got an injury in the behind-closed-doors game with Fulham which was disappointing because he was in a right positive place off the back of the Australian tour. READ MORE: Tyrone Mings 'still a little raw' after Steven Gerrard Aston Villa captaincy change READ MORE: Steven Gerrard gives Douglas Luiz contract update & explains big difference to Chukwuemeka standoff “I'm hoping he's had no feelings from Thursday’s session because he trained with the group. We'll analyse that situation today (Saturday). But, yeah, he's had a minor setback from his pre-season preparation.” Gerrard added: “But Emi Buendia was involved in all but every game last year whether that's from the beginning or whether we brought him into the game.

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. He's very much in the plans and is a big player for us. He's someone who's fighting for game time like the rest of the squad.” One player who’s also in a positive place off the back of Villa’s pre-season is Leon Bailey. The Jamaican scored in three of Villa’s five friendlies and, on what should be a really strong campaign for the winger, Gerrard said it was important not to “add any unnecessary pressure to Leon”. Gerrard said of the £30million man: “Using his words and listening to what he's saying, he feels like he's got more confidence and belief in his body. I think that's important. He's had bad luck since he came to Aston Villa with injuries and hasn't really been able to get himself in the right physical condition to find his own personal level of consistency. “I’ve seen a different demeanour in Leon since day one. I see a happier player, I've seen someone that's been robust throughout the training and coped with the physical demands ever so well. “The quality has been there for everyone to see. I don't think his own personal preparation could have gone any better and, if we get the best version of Leon Bailey, it will feel like a new signing for sure because we didn't feel like we got the best version of him and that was probably down to physical reasons.” READ NEXT: Cameron Archer reveals Steven Gerrard master plan after huge announcement Buendia, Hause, Mings - Aston Villa injury news latest and return dates Mings 'harshly treated', Aston Villa transfer jigsaw & what Steven Gerrard really wants in midfield Emi Buendia major injury doubt for Aston Villa opener vs Bournemouth Steven Gerrard responds to Carney Chukwuemeka Chelsea transfer and makes Aston Villa vow

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