Club Focus – Aston Villa – Pre-season promises much for Europa League

The Villa defence looked extremely poor towards the end of last season after a series of unfortunate injuries to defender Martin Laursen cost them a top four finish. Laursen’s defensive ability as well as his presence will be sorely missed in the Villa squad and the selling of Zat Knight – the tallest defender in the Premier League – has not helped O’Neill’s defensive problem. Certainly the Villans still have two fine centre-backs in Carlos Cu

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