Three Aston Villa players who proved a point against Wolves

Tim Sherwood's men were held to a 2-2 draw at Molineux in their fifth pre-season encounter.

Mark Bunn

Expectations aren’t too high for Bunn at Villa but the former Norwich goalkeeper showed in last night’s draw that it might be somewhat premature to right off his long-term starting chances.

While he couldn’t keep out either Wolves goal, the summer signing made a couple of big second-half saves from Nouha Dicko and James Henry and also impressed with his distribution.

At age 30, he might not be an exciting prospect for the future but, if Brad Guzan form dips again moving forward, then it looks like Villa have a decent alternative weighting in the wings.

Libor Kozak

With Villa’s striker situation in flux following Christian Benteke’s move to Liverpool, Kozak has been making an excellent case for a regular role in Sherwood’s side in recent weeks.

The Czech forward, who netted in the club’s pre-season opener against Fulham, added two more goals to his record at Molineux, while also impressing with his work rate and off-the-ball movement.

He could have even had a hat-trick within the opening 13 minutes, bagging a stunning long-range opener in the sixth-minute before later hitting the bar and then heading Jordan Amavi’s cross just wide moments later.

After being out of first-team action for 19 months following horrific leg-break, the fit-again front man certainly looks up to speed and, while new boy Jordan Ayew and the reportedly soon-to-arrive Emmanuel Adebayor will provide strong competition for places, the evidence suggests he could make just as much of an impact.

Callum Robinson

Much like Kozak, Robinson finds himself fighting for Sherwood’s recognition in pre-season and, in his 25-minute appearance against Wolves, he sent a clear message to the Villa boss.

The 20-year-old forward, who scored in Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Walsall, replaced the injured Gabby Agbonlahor not long after the hour and made his impact felt again less than 10 minutes later, carving out a cross from nothing on the left for his Czech strike-partner to provide a simple finish.

After spending most of last season on loan at Preston, the England Under-20 international is now hoping for a chance in the Premier League this term and, while another lower league spell remains an option given all the new recruits, his current form might just push him into the first-team picture.

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