Aston Villa and Leicester City ramp up restart preparation
LEICESTER, ENGLAND - MARCH 09: Kelechi Iheanacho of Leicester City and Marvelous Nakamba of Aston Villa during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Aston Villa at The King Power Stadium on March 09, 2020 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Visionhaus)

Aston Villa and Leicester City met for the fifth and sixth times this season after playing two friendly matches on Wednesday.

The first match was played at Villa Park and the latter at the King Power Stadium. Both clubs were preparing for the imminent return of Premier League football.

No scores have been made publicly available, but the second match was reportedly a 3-0 win for Villa. The only confirmed scorer from either match was Villa winger Trezeguet after Egyptian network OnTime Sports showed a clip of his strike at the King Power Stadium.

Rebuilding

According to reports on social media Danny Drinkwater, Keinan Davis and Kortney Hause all starred for Villa in the win at the King Power.

Drinkwater has had a particularly difficult season, seeing him being dropped by Burnley after getting into a fight outside a club. He was handed a second chance by Villa, made his debut in a 6-1 defeat to Manchester City and was then dropped after a training ground bust-up with teammate Jota. However, he has seemingly been handed another chance by Villa as they ramp up their preparations for the restart. Similarly, Davis has had his first Premier League season hampered by injuries despite showing bags of promise during the early part of the season. After two friendlies under his belt, Dean Smith will surely be keen on bringing the striker back into the fold to provide competition for Mbwana Samatta and Borja Baston.

The Kids Are Alright

A reported player in the match at the King Power was youngster Mungo Bridge. The 19-year-old centre back has been a hot prospect at Villa Park for a few years now and is highly rated amongst the Villa staff. Similarly, Tyreik Wright and Louie Barry have been promoted from the U23s to the first team in order to provide backup for the senior players. Wright, like Bridge, has come through the ranks at Villa and has been on the cusp of the first team for a while now.

Meanwhile Barry is a January arrival from Barcelona’s La Masia academy after a controversial transfer from West Bromwich Albion. The 16-year-old striker is one of the most highly rated youngsters in the country and he was on the brink of a first team breakthrough before the restart. Reports emerged shortly after his arrival that a Premier League debut for Barry was likely before the end of the season was over and Smith is seemingly testing the waters for his prospect.

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