Aston Villa boss Dean Smith warns his team about West Brom ace Dwight Gayle

Dean Smith head coach of Aston Villa during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Birmingham City at Villa Park on November 25, 2018 in Birmingham, England.

West Bromwich Albion welcome Aston Villa to the Hawthorns tomorrow night.

Dean Smith manager of Aston Villa during a press conference at Villa Park Stadium on October 15, 2018 in Birmingham, England.

Aston Villa boss Dean Smith spoke to reporters ahead of his side's clash with West Brom tomorrow, and took time to praise Baggies hitman Dwight Gayle, stating that he has witnessed first hand how dangerous he can be, as quoted by the club's official YouTube account.

Gayle, 28, joined West Brom on a season long loan from Newcastle United in the summer, and he has made a fine start to life in the Black Country, chalking up nine goals in 17 Championship appearances thus far.


Aston Villa will certainly have to keep a close eye on the former Crystal Palace hitman tomorrow night, as they look to make it a return of 16 points from their last six league outings.

Darren Moore has only started Gayle in 12 league games this season, but he will surely be tempted to bring him back into the team for tomorrow night's derby.

Smith spoke to reporters, and warned his team of the threat that the 28-year-old poses, as quoted by the club's official YouTube account:

Dwight Gayle of West Bromwich Albion is blocked by the assistant referee Andrew Fox at The Hawthorns on December 03, 2018 in West Bromwich, England.

"Dwight Gayle, I saw him first hand when he was at Newcastle United, in this league, and he can score goals. They've got a lot of Premier League quality within their squad."

Villa will be looking to keep the pressure up on the top six with a win tomorrow night, whilst West Brom need a victory to cement their place inside the play-off spots, and increase their chances of finishing inside the top two.

Darren Moore head coach

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