Ray Houghton: Pace and youth are vital for Aston Villa moving forward

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Former Aston Villa midfielder Ray Houghton is positive about the chances of his old club moving forward in a positive way.

Former Aston Villa midfielder Ray Houghton told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast Show for talkSPORT that he feels his old side have got a lot going for them looking ahead to next season.

Villa managed to secure their Premier League safety before three defeats at the end of last season, but Houghton is hopeful they can make the most of a couple of positives, looking ahead to the new campaign.

“They’ve got Scott Sinclair coming in and there’s a bit of pace there now (along with Richards), there are some young players coming in and hopefully they are hungry for success and can prove a few of the doubters wrong,” he said.

Pace is vital for Aston Villa

Pace is vital for Aston Villa, especially in wide areas.

The likes of Scott Sinclair and Micah Richards, if he plays as a full-back, can create extra width, complementing the pace of Gabriel Agbonlahor, who can feature down either side or can be released to roam through the middle.

Pace is important for Aston Villa because it can put their opponents onto the back foot as well as allowing the club to exploit the space left behind a side on the counter attack.

Why will fans doubt Aston Villa?

There are going to be some doubts because of the way Villa played for the majority of last season and how they ended the campaign.

However, Tim Sherwood got the team playing a brand of football which encouraged the fans to get right behind the team.

He’s adopted a positive approach to the transfer market and also seems to be determined to develop a younger side, which suggests longevity and decreases the chance that the struggles of last season will repeat themselves.

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