"Success is coming" - Former Liverpool captain praises Aston Villa

Aston Villa v AFC Ajax: Round of 16 Second Leg - UEFA Europa Conference League 2023/24
Aston Villa v AFC Ajax: Round of 16 Second Leg - UEFA Europa Conference League 2023/24 / Marc Atkins/GettyImages

Jordan Henderson, the experienced Ajax midfielder and former Liverpool captain, sees a bright future for Aston Villa after their dominant 4-0 victory over his side in the Europa Conference League.

The triumph marked Villa's first European quarter-final appearance since 1998. Henderson praised Villa's resurgence under manager Unai Emery, highlighting the club's dramatic turnaround.

Emery, a decorated manager known for his multiple Europa League titles, took charge of Aston Villa in October 2022. His impact has been swift and substantial. Aston Villa maintained an impressive Premier League record throughout 2023, a feat underscored by their stifling defence that prevented Manchester City from registering a single shot past the 11-minute mark in December.

Henderson's admiration for Emery's work is well-founded. The Spanish manager has a proven history of success with clubs like Sevilla and Paris Saint-Germain, consistently elevating teams to new heights. At Aston Villa, he's implemented clever tactics and shrewd signings to revitalise the squad. Hendo went on to say (as quoted by Express and Star):

"I’m a really big fan of the manager. He’s done an amazing job since he’s come into the club. You can see the rise that the team and club have had. They’ve got a great chance of going on to win this competition. Fantastic club, great players. I think there’s some success coming, for sure."

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The praise coming from Henderson, a seasoned veteran with a Premier League title to his name, speaks volumes about the positive trajectory of Aston Villa. His belief in Emery's project and Villa's potential echoes the growing optimism swirling around the club.

The buzz surrounding Aston Villa isn't just hype. Their recent results, both in Europe and the Premier League, are a testament to their newfound competitiveness. This resurgence has ignited hopes of a return to true prominence.

Of course, it's not just Emery who deserves the credit. His coaching staff, including set-piece guru Austin MacPhee, have sharpened Aston Villa into a well-oiled machine on the pitch. Their focus on detail and tactical adaptability have made them an incredibly tough side to break down.

Jordan Henderson's endorsement is one more feather in the cap of a club on the rise. With a driven coach, a talented squad, and the wind in their sails, Aston Villa looks well-positioned to make a significant splash in English and European football in the years to come.