Spurs’ must-win tie
Aston Villa and England supporters will be ecstatic to see Jack Grealish return to the line-up as the villains face Tottenham Hotspur in the penultimate match of the Premier League season. Meanwhile Spurs have dropped Gareth Bale.
Whilst for Villa this is effectively a match with little to play for, Ryan Mason has the job of trying to ensure European football for next season. A win would effectively do that and have a satisfying end knowing Arsenal cannot overtake them.
A final day clash against Leicester City is a much trickier challenge on paper in comparison to this evening’s opponents and therefore any dropped points will only pile on the pressure.
Bale however has been dropped by Mason and instead the inexperienced coach has elected for Dele Alli, Steven Bergwijn and Heung-min Son to support Harry Kane.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) May 19, 2021
The interesting narrative will be how the crowed reacts to the sight of their captain.
It emerged this week that Kane has told the club he wishes to leave this summer in search of trophies.
Harry Kane has told Tottenham he wants to leave this summer pic.twitter.com/u3PDDg5a2h
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) May 17, 2021
Gareth Southgate will be breathing a huge sigh of relief to see Jack Grealish return for Villa.
Having looking in a worrying situation having missed several weeks right before the tournament, his name appearing on the Villa social posts was good to see.
— Aston Villa (@AVFCOfficial) May 19, 2021
Southgate will of course be spoilt for choice with Phil Foden, Mason Mount and Jadon Sancho performing so well of late, however, undoubtedly Grealish can compete on the same level when firing at the top of his game.
Raheem Sterling, James Maddison, Bukayo Saka and even Emile Smith-Rowe will be eager to throw their hats into the ring. An exciting prospect of an attacking cohort surely awaits.