Aston Villa manager Dean Smith has told Ross Berkeley he will be included in England’s squad for next summer’s European Championships and the on-loan Chelsea midfielder is determined to prove his new boss right.
Barclays, who turned 27 in December, have not played for Gareth Sae South Thaget for more than a year, after scoring twice in a 6-0 win over Bulgaria.
His career seemed to stabilize at Stamford Bridge but Smith sold him a new vision and, taking a temporary step towards the end of the summer window, responded by scoring in his first two games for the club – his most recent strike. Who won 1-0 at Leicester on Sunday night.
The goal helped Villa, who survived a one-point defeat in July to finish second in the Premier League table, with Barclays’ choice not helping in any small part by adding more dynamism to his midfield.
“He’s a high-potential player,” said Smith, a former Liverpool-born Everton midfielder. I am grateful to Chelsea for giving us a loan.
“I sold him the project here and told him I would take him to the Euro team and he was going to help us win the football game. He must have done this in his first pair.
“It simply came to our notice then. Becoming blue, winning that and scoring against the Reds (7-2 before the international break) and then winning in the 91st minute could not have been a better start. Him or us.
“It was a difficult game and in the end it shone brightly.”
After leaving home on the last day of the season to secure his top flight status, Villa have started as a separate team, one of only two 100 per cent records in Europe’s top five leagues.
He had just two goals to date against both Liverpool and Smith believes three clean sheets in four games reflect a new mindset.
“I’m really happy with it but I’m happy with it from Lakda (in March),” he added.
“A common work ethic among players is that they want to keep a clean sheet and this is a credit not only to the defender and the goalkeeper but to the team as a whole.”
Leicester’s trend seems to be moving in the other direction, with just four wins last season eliminating the possibility of reaching the top final. He has now lost three of the last four of the league’s last 14 matches. .
With three wins in the Premier League, however, they remain in fourth place, ahead of Arsenal by a goal difference, and positive despite losing to manager Brendon Rodgers’ center-back Kagler Soyenko after a three-month international injury duty injury. Looking at Turkey.
His replacement against Villa was 19-year-old Debbie Tent Wesley Fofana, who received 30 30 million from Saint-Etienne on the day, which affected the chances of a game.
“I thought he was great and the fans would be happy to see him,” said the Northern Irishman.
“Even if he plays in three or two, he has great potential. His hopes for a defender are great, for a young man who reads the game well.
“His jumping ability was so aggressive and that’s what you need as a central defender in the British game.
“He will be a big player for our future and it was frustrating for him not to get the result but his personal performance offers hope for the future.”