Aston Villa director Dean Smith is expecting a difficult test on Saturday against Norwich as both sides seem to secure.
Norwich beat away and Villa home a year on their way but the Canaries have found life much harder in the top division.
Smith has cautioned Norwich they’ll face unique opponents to those that they twice got the best of past year although they were combined by villa as they defeated Derby in the closing.
“Anybody who will defeat Manchester City in this team is a team to be reckoned with and they have done that currently at Carrow Road,” Smith stated.
“We know they have firepower in their team and they are hard to play . We had two games last season and came out on the side of a 2-1 [conquer ] both instances.
“But they will not have played this Aston Villa plus some of my players won’t have played against them before.
“It’s a game we’re looking forward to and I am sure it’s a match both sides will be looking at to receive three points.”
1 player who has made the step up to the Premier League seem smooth is Villa midfielder John McGinn.
Just Manchester City ahead Raheem Sterling has had more shots on target and the Scotland international’s progress unsurprises Smith.
“He feels he could likely have six or seven goals previously, such has been the quality of his play,” Smith added.
“We understood what a participant we have got, he signed a new contract at the onset of the season, and he’s been playing very well.
“We understood his adaptation to the Premier League would be seamless and it has been. He’s only showing us the potential we believed he had in him.
“His very first half performance last week [in the 2-2 draw with Burnley] was high as I’ve noticed it”
By comparison, summer signing Wesley has fought to make such a positive impact.
The Brazilian joined on the summer from Club Brugge for # 22m but has scored just two goals this effort and has been frustrated after struggling to make an effect in the draw with Burnley at Villa Park.
Smith has awarded his funds, however to the participant, and is looking this weekend.
“His operation against Burnley on Saturday was not good and he had been the first to admit that to me once I moved through his clips together with him,” Smith explained.
“What I have seen in training from this week was a reaction and he’ll go out there to attempt to prove people wrong. It’s a job as a striker and he was up against 2 streetwise centre-backs.
“James Tarkowski I’ve had myself at Brentford and [Ben] Mee can both give facility forwards in this group a great deal of problems.
“Actually they have the upper hand early in the game and he revealed his frustrations that a tiny bit, he will find out from.
“He’s a young striker, still only 22, but he will get better and better.”
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