Gerrard was impressed with a Villa player he could start against Palace

Aston Villa manager Steven Gerrard has been impressed with winger Emi Buendia and could start him against Crystal Palace on Saturday.

During his pre-match press conference, Gerrard was asked about Buendia, after the Argentina winger scored the winning goal against Everton last weekend.

“Emi has been fantastic since day one of pre-season, we are delighted with him and he is pushing for a start.” Gerard said.

Buendia’s important appearance against Everton followed his second half in Villa’s opening day defeat to Bournemouth.

The former Norwich City player was signed last summer for a club-record feeand in his 22 starts last season, he scored 10 goals.

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Gerrard impressed with Buendia, he could start against Palace

Gerrard organized his Villa squad differently in their loss to Bournemouth and their win over Everton.

Aston Villa’s unsuccessful trip to the south coast saw Gerrard abandon traditional wingers for their win over Everton until the second half, when Buendia and Leon Bailey were introduced.

An injury to Philippe Coutinho means Gerrard could now be more likely to return to a traditional 4-3-3, with Ollie Watkins likely to be one of the players ruled out.

If so, then Buendia could be next in line for a call-up, having had more impact off the bench than Jamaican Bailey.

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Buendia could have one less player to face for a few minutes at Villa shortly, with the club expecting an offer for Bertrand Traore.

The club are also reportedly interested in another defender, and a number of players, including Jason Denayer and Rob Holding, have been linked with the club in recent days.

Although Gerrard didn’t confirm anything during his press conference, Buendia has clearly had a positive impact on his manager and could be set up for more minutes very soon.

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