Smith demands ‘talent, attitude and enthusiasm’ from his Aston Villa players

Dean Smith has insisted that his Aston Villa side have the talent to turn their season around.

Villa started the season particularly slowly, before the Midlands club sacked manager Steve Bruce.

However, new head coach Smith has insisted there is individual talent in the group to offer hope for the side in their chase for promotion.

“The first week, we’ve literally just worked on being out of possession, being organised without the ball, how to win the ball back. I’ve got a group of players who are talented; they will go and score goals. We’ve got individual talents.’’ He told Sky Sports.

The former Brentford boss has demanded that his players work hard for the club though, if they are to turn their season around.

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His charges picked up a 1-0 win in his first game in charge, before losing 2-1 to Norwich in midweek and the Villian’s coach has laid out the three characteristics he expects from his playing squad going forward.

“But I’ve always said to them that the first thing is that hard work is a given. I expect that, you’ll see hard work from myself, John Terry and Richard O’Kelly and I expect it from the players. So far, so good. They’ve worked very hard in training.

“And then for me it’s three things that aren’t really about talent: attitude, the enthusiasm and the energy. I want all three of those things to get into the team. They are three things that come from the brain and it’s something that I’ve told the players that they are in control of and if they are in control of it, they should be able to do it.”

His side take on QPR away at 7:45pm this evening.

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