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Raf Crommentuijn to train with Aston Villa this weekend with hopes of move

Mathew Nash

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Aston Villa have something of a goalkeeper problem to solve with the first-team, but plans for the future also being put in place with a 16-year-old goalie set to join the club. According to reports in the Netherlands teenager Raf Crommentuijn is set for a move to join the Aston Villa youth set-up.

The potential move has been confirmed by the youngster’s current club Sportclub Susteren, where he plays for the under-17s. On the club’s official site they commented on his recent trial with Aston Villa’s youth-team. Crommentuijn played in a fixture for the club’s under-16s against Leicester City, a 4-2 win. He certainly impressed, saving a penalty in the game. The schoolboy even got to train alongside the first-team, including John Terry.

SC Susteren also confirmed that he is on his way to train with Aston Villa again this weekend. the 16-year-old will feature for the under-16s in a tie with Fulham on Saturday.

The 16-year-old stopper was previously on the books at Eredivisie side Roda JC. He left, deciding to play for his grandfather’s old team SCS instead – with hopes of becoming their new number one stopper.

But clearly Aston Villa are fans of the youngster and his current club are supportive of him in his pursuit of a career with the Championship side.

Aston Villa’s first-team goalkeeper issues stem from only having Sam Johnstone on loan. That is something Villa will aim to rectify in the summer with Manchester United.

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND – MAY 03: Aston Villa fans display a club flag during the Barclays Premier League match between Aston Villa and Hull City at Villa Park on May 3, 2014 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

Crommentuijn still has plenty to do before he can dream of playing for the Aston Villa first-team. However, if he can impress again this weekend, a move to the Midlands could be in the offing.

Training day-in and day-out at the incredible facilities at Bodymoor Heath will undoubtedly be a dream for any young footballer. Getting to train with a football legend like John Terry must have also been awe-inspiring for the talented teenager.

So remember the name Raf Crommentuijn, as one day he might just be playing for the Aston Villa first-team.

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Keeping Henri Lansbury could be blessing in disguise for Aston Villa

Aston Villa cannot find a buyer for the midfield maestro.

Mathew Nash

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Aston Villa’s financial troubles this summer seem to have them ready to sell some of their high-earners and more valuable assets.

The Mirror report today that midfielders Mile Jedinak and Birkir Bjarnason could be out the door this summer, with Jack Grealish currently in talks with Tottenham Hotspur.

However, the same report suggests Henri Lansbury will be sticking around.

However, it does not seem that Aston Villa want to keep him.

The report claims they will only be keeping the £2.7 million midfielder because nobody is willing to pay up to sign the player or take on his £40k-a-week wages.

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It is certainly no surprise to hear that Aston Villa want to offload Lansbury. He struggled to play a part in Steve Bruce’s plans after joining from Nottingham Forest.

Last season he played just 10 times for the club and has struggled since arriving at Villa Park.

But fans of Aston Villa must remember just how impressive a player Lansbury has been in the Championship.

In the 2015-16 season, there was a case to say that the then-Forest midfielder was the best in the division. In fact, many neutrals would have suggested that Lansbury was the Championship’s best midfielder just two years ago.

It could be that keeping Lansbury will be a blessing in disguise for Aston Villa. If he can find his Forest form, then he will be like a new signing for the club.

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As Tottenham close in on Jack Grealish, Daniel Levy’s hard bargaining should be applauded

The Villa youngster could be set for a late move to Spurs.

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According to the Mirror, Tottenham Hotspur are closing in on signing Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish ahead of their summer tour of the United States.

The signing has been left late in the window, much to the annoyance of Spurs fans, but Daniel Levy’s hard bargaining should be applauded as Tottenham seem set to buy Grealish for far less than Villa originally asked for.

The Mirror claimed that the Championship club initially were holding out for £40 million, but now they are willing to sell for around half of that amount.

If Spurs were to pinch the creative mastermind from Villa Park for around £20 million that would represent superb business, considering the inflated transfer market for young British talents.

Although the Levy’s style is immensely frustrating at times, there can be no arguing that a bargain of this magnitude is well worth waiting for.

If Tottenham had done their business too early on in the window, they could have been left paying far too much for the former English U-21 international.

But as the summer months progressed, news of Aston Villa’s financial woes increased. Given the new information, Spurs were put in a much stronger position as they knew Villa would be desperate to sell in order to offload Grealish’s high wages and rein in a transfer fee.

The north Londoners look primed to welcome one of the Championship’s finest midfield technicians to White Hart Lane, and at only 22 years of age, Grealish has time on his side to develop into a world class player.

Daniel Levy’s tough negotiating style is not ideal for most circumstances and rightfully draws the ire of the Tottenham faithful. Yet his bargaining nous has come in handy during the Jack Grealish saga, granting Spurs a much-improved deal.

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Forgotten man Ritchie De Laet could play important role for Aston Villa

Aston Villa may have to give a second chance to the 29-year-old.

Mathew Nash

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When Aston Villa snapped up Premier League winner Ritchie De Laet from Leicester City in the summer of 2016 it looked a great deal. He arrived after a season in which he won both the Premier League with Leicester City and promotion with Middlesbrough whilst on loan.

Considering he had also won promotion with Leicester in 2014, he looked a perfect addition for Aston Villa at just £2.5 million.

However, De Laet struggled. He played just three times in his first season at the club before picking up a knee injury against Brentford. He was subsequently ruled out for the rest of the campaign.

Last season he featured sporadically through the first-half of the season but in January was sent out on loan to his boyhood club Royal Antwerp until the end of the season.

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That deal proved to be unsuccessful as well. The Belgian side decided not to bring in De Laet permanently after a struggle of a loan campaign which eventually saw him dropped.

But Aston Villa should embrace the fact the 29-year-old is back. Considering they need to sell highly-marketable players this summer, keeping De Laet on board would be wise.

He can play at left-back, right-back and on the wing. Add to that his excellent experience of winning promotion and Aston Villa need to keep him on board.                                                                                                                    

De Laet could be like a new signing for Aston Villa.

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