Aston Villa boss Dean Smith says he is thankful his team is able to use Ross Barkley this season. The 26-year-old midfielder joined the Villans in the final week of the summer transfer window and he did not need a lot of time to settle in at his new club. After a good debut, the England international scored the only goal of the game as Villa beat Leicester City 1-0 on Sunday.
After the game Smith told reporters he is delighted a player like Barkley has joined Villa. “He’s a high-calibre player. I’m thankful to Chelsea that they’ve loaned him to us and I sold him the project here and told him I’ll get him in the Euros squad and he’s going to try and help us win football games. He’s certainly done that in his first couple.”
“The doc (Ricky Shamji) has looked after him the past week. He’s had a bit of a knee injury and he was touch and go as to whether he was going to start. He only trained on Saturday. He’s done a lot of work with the Doc who nursed him through a 90-minute winner. I’ve certainly thanked the Doc as well.” Villa have been enjoying an impressive start to the new season with four wins from four games.