Judging by this week’s football so far, it seems that international matches are akin to the League Cup, a chance for Aston Villa squad players to get some valuable game time to keep them focused and tuned.
While Scot Hogan didn’t make it off the bench for Ireland, Josh Onomah and Birkir Bjarnason certainly made an impression.
Josh Onomah proved he could be Villa’s secret weapon this season when he demonstrated during England’s 3-1 win against Scotland U-21’s, the scope of his talent with a wonder strike that opening the scoring for England.
The Spurs loanee has already scored a couple of times for Villa, but you’d think there’s a few more to come, before the season is done.
The technique on show with this finish is first rate.
What a beauty!
If there was a Villa player in need of a little confidence booster to help him with his Villa form, Birkir Bjarnason got just that after lashing home for Iceland in their impressive 3-0 away win against Turkey.
Bjarnason’s smart running turned up trumps as he got on the end of a smart counter attack to finish in style.
Ross Down Under
Meanwhile on the other side of the world, Ross McCormack played his first game for Melbourne City in the A-League. He helped start the move that led to the second goal in their 2-0 victory over Brisbane Roar.
McCormack now has a platform to perform to either help him get another move in January, or at least give Steve Bruce something to think about.
In MOMS book, it’ll be unlikely to see McCormack again in a Villa shirt, unless we fail to get promoted this season.
Another loan exile, Jordan Amavi was called up for the French squad as they play away in Bulgaria on Saturday and at home to Belarus the following Tuesday.
Hopefully senior international duty will trigger some clause to give Villa extra money, for the expected outright sale to Marseille when it goes ahead.