Aston Villa began their preparations for the 2019-20 campaign with a 3-0 win over Minnesota United in the early hours of Thursday morning.
Jack Grealish, Henri Lansbury and Birkir Bjarnason scored the goals for Dean Smith’s side, who are building towards the start of the new season.
Ezri Konsa made his debut during the pre-season clash, with the 21-year-old playing the first 45 minutes in central defence.
Villa signed the England Under-21 international from Brentford earlier this month – paying £12m to take him from the Championship to the Premier League.
It is all about getting minutes in the legs at this stage of the preparations.
However, it would be fair to say that the Villa fans were pleased with what they saw from their new signing in just 45 minutes of football.
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Some of the supporters have taken to social media to lavish praise on Konsa for his display against Minnesota and indeed in general as they look forward to a bright future.
A selection of the Twitter reaction can be seen below:
— carlton roberts (@carlton5385) July 18, 2019
— Villan’s Opinions (@VillansOpinions) July 18, 2019
Looked good in claret and blue pal. Lookong forward to seeing more of what you can do. #UTV
— Matthew Deeming (@avfcmd81) July 18, 2019
well played son
— lew (@lew_clamp) July 18, 2019
The famous claret and blue certainly suits you mate! I’ve got a feeling that your name will be on the tip of many pundits tounges this season for all the right reasons @Ekonsa15 ! Can’t wait to see what you can do for our club! ❤️ UTV! ?
— Total Villa (@Total_Villa) July 18, 2019
Learning from the best centre half over the last 10+ years will make it your own as you learn future England star utv
— steve swindell (@planetkipper) July 18, 2019