Ian Taylor raves about Micah Richards, praises 'elegant' Veretout

Micah Richards

The Aston Villa favourite has been discussing two of the current squad.

Aston Villa favourite Ian Taylor has heaped praise on Micah Richards and Jordan Veretout after their recent performances against Manchester City, according to the club's official website.

Taylor is looking ahead to the next few weeks of Premier League action with optimism after the appointment of Remi Garde.

And the Frenchman clearly instilled confidence in his squad ahead of the City clash, with Richards and Veretout two beneficiaries:

Taylor told the Aston Villa site: "He showed against Man City that he's a fine defender. He loves to defend. He's flying all over the place to get his head on the ball, get in front of the forward - he's a real competitor.

"He's just what you want in the back four - and keeping a clean sheet against the league leaders will give him and the whole back four real hope for the rest of the season."

On Veretout, meanwhile, Taylor added: "He looks an elegant player in the middle of the park. He's a good passer of the ball.

"In a three man midfield, I always think you have a holding midfielder, an attacking midfielder and one who can do a bit of both. You're thinking that Jordan can be the one that does a bit of both. I think he has both sides of the game."

Richards may have the chance to build a solid partnership alongside Ciaran Clark at centre-back, with the out-of-form Joleon Lescott left out against Manchester City - a sign of what could be to come.

As Taylor says, Veretout also impressed against City and the Frenchman will no doubt thrive under a manager actually willing to give him a chance.

There were plenty of positives in general for Aston Villa during their 0-0 draw with the Manchester outfit but, with just five points to their name so far, Villa naturally need to keep that kind of form up if it is to make any significant difference.

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