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Jack Grealish taking his chances at Aston Villa under Tim Sherwood

Jack Grealish broke into Aston Villa's first team once Tim Sherwood took charge of the club.

Jack Grealish was one of the standout players in Aston Villa's impressive victory over Liverpool in last month's FA Cup semifinal and the 19-year-old will hope to be comparably decisive on Saturday as Tim Sherwood's side seek to end their nearly 20-year trophy drought with victory over Arsenal in the final at Wembley.

Grealish was born into a Villa-supporting family in Solihull in the West Midlands and began training with the club at the age of six. He worked his way up through the ranks under...

Kevin Hughes Aston Villa  By Kevin Hughes

Distracted Aston Villa conclude league season with a home defeat

Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood says his side need to prove everybody wrong.
Brad Guzan and Ron Vlaar
Aston Villa's players already had their minds on Wembley.

Any hopes of a rip-roaring end to the season were extinguished by Sunday's 1-0 home defeat to relegated Burnley and with the FA Cup final just around the corner Villa need to switch themselves back on.

Consecutive defeats in the final two Premier League fixtures meant the club finished in 17th place, on 38 points -- the third season in four that this total has been achieved. That is nothing to feel particularly proud of; Villa have staved off relegation but to fail to pass the 40-point mark is simply...

Premier League season in a sentence - how did your team do this term?

The ESPN FC crew discuss the Premier League team of the year.

As the dust settles on another Premier League season, it is time to reflect on the campaign and how it went for each club. Was it a success or failure? We asked our Premier League bloggers to assess their season in a sentence.

1. Chelsea

Worthy champions from start to finish -- "boring" is just a jealous state of mind.

2. Manchester City

Taken to the cleaners by Arsenal in the Community Shield, ill-prepared City did not heed that wake up call and suffered for most of the season.

3. Arsenal


ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Liverpool to swap Rickie Lambert for Christian Benteke, Vidal to Arsenal?

ESPN FC's Tommy Smyth recaps who clinched Europa League positions and how they did on the final Sunday of the season.

As the majority of the world's leagues ready for the season's end, the rumours continue to pick up steam. Things are starting to get real, transfer fans.

Liverpool to swap Lambert for Villa star?

Following a harrowing 6-1 drubbing at Stoke on the final day of the Premier League season, Brendan Rodgers looks like he will need a statement signing to lead his Anfield attack next season.

Considering the likes of Mario Balotelli and Rickie Lambert have failed to made the grade on Merseyside this year,...

Kevin Hughes Aston Villa  By Kevin Hughes

Wembley places at stake as Sherwood shuffles Villa pack vs. Burnley

Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood reflects on his side's heavy defeat by Southampton and says they are nearing safety for next season.

Villa's final match of the season against Burnley might not be the relegation six-pointer that the neutrals were hoping for -- Leicester v QPR isn't either now -- but that doesn't make it a meaningless fixture. For Tim Sherwood the game presents a slightly different challenge to usual; it's a balancing act on three fronts.

Firstly, the Villa manager wants to win the game to take the team to the 41-point mark -- currently the club are on 38, the final total at the end of last season -- and also...

Kevin Hughes Aston Villa  By Kevin Hughes

Tim Sherwood must rebuild Aston Villa to avoid another relegation battle

Sadio Mane recorded the fastest hat-trick in Premier League history, as Southampton thumped Aston Villa 6-1.

It's a surreal day that starts with a humiliating 6-1 thrashing and concludes in celebration. Saturday saw Aston Villa pride take a 6-1 thrashing at Southampton in a performance that was nothing short of disastrous.

However, hours later confirmation of Hull's loss at Tottenham meant Villa were safe from relegation, which took most of the sting out of the shambles at St Mary's.

Other than the fact that the result carried no real consequence there was nothing positive for Villa to take from the one-sided...