Aston Villa suffered disappointment on Saturday with a surprise 2-1 defeat to Shrewsbury Town in a pre-season friendly.

John Terry made his debut after being named as the new club captain prior to kick off, but there was interest in a number of players on show in the Villans’ third outing of the week.


Goalkeeper Sam Johnstone started between the sticks after signing from Manchester United on loan for the campaign, whilst Ross McCormack, whose public falling out with manager Steve Bruce last term resulted in him being loan out to Nottingham Forest in January, was also named in the first XI.

Additionally, Villa fans were keeping a keen eye on midfielder Jordan Veretout, who is back at the club after spending 2016-17 with Ligue 1 outfit Saint-Etienne.

The 24-year-old signed for the Midlanders in the summer of 2015 and was a regular in the side as they slumped to a dismal relegation from the Premier League.

After a relatively successful stint in his native France, Veretout was widely expected to depart Villa Park on a permanent basis in the transfer window, but Bruce appears to be a fan of the playmaker and has shown a willingness to include him in his preparations for the new season.

The under-21 international played an hour at Greenhous Meadow but despite looking like the away team’s primary creative outlet in the opening stages his passing became sloppy as the match wore on.

Nonetheless, his overall performance prompted a split response on Twitter from Villa supporters, many of whom were impressed with his efforts in the centre of the park against the Shrews.

The best of the reaction to Veretout’s display can be found below: