Smith’s verdict on four goal Villa

By Phil Jennings

DEAN Smith admitted he did not need record signing Wesley at Charlton Athletic – as his Villa side kept those pre-season goals coming.

Villa bagged another four goals and that was despite leaving £22million striker behind after picking up a ‘knock’ in the training ground friendly with Kuwait this week.

John McGinn scored twice while Andre Green and fit-again Anwar El-Ghazi completed the rout against the newly-promoted Championship side.

And while Villa’s opposition has been nothing like as strong as it will be when the Premier League season gets under way, Smith is happy enough to see his team in among the goals.

Smith told Villa’s official website: “It was a great workout at Charlton and it was great to see so many fans.

“We played really well again and we got a lot of minutes into the players, which is what we want going into the Tottenham game on August 10.

“We’ve now got next weekend in Leipzig where we can get another full 90 minutes into the players and we’re really looking forward to it.

“We’re scoring a few goals at the moment which is good. They’re coming from all areas of the pitch.

“It was good to see John McGinn get two goals – it was what his performance deserved.

Smith says Wesley will be back in training this week with Villa’s final pre-season match coming up next Saturday in Germany at RB Leipzig.

The Villa boss added: “Wesley played well on Wednesday and he also played 20 minutes against Kuwait in the week but suffered a small knock.

“It wasn’t worth the risk bringing him down to Charlton. He’s fine, though. He should be back training on Tuesday or Wednesday.”

VILLA: Steer, Elmohamady (Guilbert 45), Konsa (Hause 67), Mings (Engels 85), Taylor (Targett 67), Hourihane (Lansbury 67), McGinn, Grealish, El Ghazi (Jota, ht), Trezeguet (Green, ht), Davis (Hogan 67)

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