Aston Villa are on the road again this evening with a Premier League clash against relegation strugglers Leeds United at Elland Road.
In terms of recent form, Steven Gerrard’s side are in much better shape than their upcoming opponents with six goals and none conceded in their past two games. Whereas the Whites have lost six of their seven previous league outings, conceding 22 goals in the process.
As well as this, it seems as though the Villans have been handed a major boost in terms of their player options for the midweek clash.
Evans also revealed that midfielder Carney Chukwuemeka is “fit again” and will be available for selection.
Digne’s return specifically will represent a seismic boost to Villa’s chances of taking all three points today.
After all, he will give the Villans a lot more in the final third compared to his competitors at left-back. He has racked up an average of 1.8 key passes per game which shows just what he could offer his side this evening should Gerrard decide to put him back in the starting XI ahead of Ashley Young who started against the Saints last weekend.
With Konsa having started 22 of Villa’s 26 league games so far this season, it’s safe to say that he is seen as an important player for the club and will therefore be a massive boost for his manager to have back.
Only last week Gerrard lavished praise on the defender, saying: “He’s been outstanding for me, obviously the red card [against Leeds] was frustrating for him and us because he is an important players.
“His level of consistency has been really high, whether that be on the training pitch or in a match situation.”
As for Chukwuemeka, even though he has only started one league game for the Villans in this campaign, the fact that he has made eight substitute appearances since Gerrard took over back in mid-November shows just how much of a useful squad option he is for the team and how much the manager trusts him.
As a result, the Villa boss will surely be delighted to have these three players back available to take on Leeds this evening. However, it could give him a pretty big headache when it comes to selecting his starting XI considering how well his players did last weekend in their very convincing thumping of Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side.
If all three end up being included in the team from the start tonight, this will be a big clue as to how much the 41-year-old rates them.