Aston Villa club news: Emery could unleash a £18 million steal

Aston Villa started their 2023/24 season well despite losing 5-1 to Newcastle United in their Premier League opener.

Unai Emery's team might challenge the top six if they repeat their performance from last season and win the Europa League like West Ham United.

Emery's players could win this afternoon's away match against Liverpool, who aren't at their best.

Moussa Diaby has been impressive in the Premier League so far, achieving a Sofascore rating of 7.63 across three matches and ranking first in goals, 

assists, shots on target per game, and big chances created. He is beginning to justify the club record £51.9m fee they paid for him.

Ollie Watkins has also started the season well, scoring a hat-trick in their 5-0 win over Hibs in the first leg at Easter Road. 

Despite not scoring yet, the striker ranks third for shots per game (2.7) and first for key passes per game (2.3), 

proving that he is doing everything he can to get on the scoreboard and create chances.

Emery may start Jhon Duran against Jurgen Klopp's side today and rest Watkins after his recent exertions.

Villa purchased the Colombian striker from Chicago Fire for around £18m in January as Emery sought to establish his authority on the group by acquiring youthful talent.

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