Frederic Guilbert and Jota added: Potential Aston Villa XI for Friday

Jota of Aston Villa runs with the ball during the pre-season friendly match between RB Leipzig and Aston Villa at Red Bull Arena on August 3, 2019 in Leipzig, Germany.

Aston Villa might need to make a couple of changes this Friday.

Olympique de Marseille's Argentinian forward Lucas Ocampos (R) vies for the ball with Caen's French defender Frederic Guilbert during the French L1 football match between Caen (SMC) and...

Aston Villa have the chance to redeem themselves this Friday.

Everton visit Villa Park as Dean Smith's side look to pick up a first Premier League win since being promoted.

The Villans lost 2-1 at home to Bournemouth on Saturday in an error-laden performance which meant that Smith's troops failed to bounce back from a 3-1 opening-day defeat at Tottenham.

The Aston Villa boss doesn't quite have to ring the changes, but there's a couple of players who should drop out.


Firstly, Smith needs to give Frederic Guilbert - a £5 million signing in January - his first taste of English football.

Ahmed Elmohamady didn't cover himself in glory against the Cherries and the French right-back - who only arrived this summer - deserves his chance.

Secondly, Anwar El Ghazi, whose move to the West Midlands was made permanent in June, did little to justify another spot in the first XI with a non-existent stint at the weekend.

Summer signing Jota replaced him on Saturday and maybe, just maybe, it's worthwhile for Smith to consider dropping the Moroccan winger, who has started Aston Villa's first two league games to little effect.

Jota of Aston Villa celebrates his goal during the Pre-Season Friendly match between Walsall and Aston Villa at Banks's Stadium on July 24, 2019 in Walsall, England.

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