Birmingham news Everything Dean Smith has said about reported target Rico Henry MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - Aston Villa transfer news - The Villa boss has worked with the full-back twice before and there's strong reports circulating suggesting how Dean Smith could pull off a hat-trick by signing him from Brentford
Breaking News ! Aston Villa boss Dean Smith could add another of his former players to his squad before the transfer window closes next month. Brentford full-back Rico Henry, who impressed throughout the Bees’ 2019/20 campaign, has been identified as a potential target. Smith has worked with him twice before, firstly at Walsall before signing the left-back for Brentford for a little over £1 million back in 2016. The Aston Villa boss described him as a “joy to work with” in a 2015 BBC interview , going on to add: “He's [Henry] a quick learner. You give him a bit of information and he takes it on board.” At that point, Henry had broken through into Walsall’s first team under Smith as a fresh-faced teenager. Smith rewarded him with a three-year contract at the Midlands club, but ended up signing the youngster for his Brentford side after taking over the reins in West London. Read More Related Articles Dean Smith hails Aston Villa star John McGinn 'like a new signing' Read More Related Articles Gabby savages radio host over controversial Jack Grealish claims Upon signing the former Walsall man, Smith enthused about Henry’s assimilation to first-team affairs at the Bescot Stadium, indicating he had no doubts about his ability to play at a higher level with Brentford. “Rico is a player I worked with at Walsall and threw him into the first team at 16 in pre-season friendlies and he more than held his own in those games, he had no fear, and was playing in League One shortly afterwards. Rico Henry has been linked with a reunion with Dean Smith (Image: Getty Images) “He’s a talented player, fearless, and likes to bring the ball to opponents,” Smith told Brentford’s official website . Commenting on Henry’s style, Smith described the 23-year-old as having “a good engine and pace,” commending his ability to “get up and down the pitch.” Henry appears to be exactly the type of player Villa need at full-back. Neil Taylor started the Carabao Cup fixture against Burton Albion, but the 31-year-old is past his peak and featured in just 13 league games last season. Sign up to our Villa newsletter for Milot Rashica transfer updates Why should you sign up? Villa have been strongly linked with a move for the Werder Bremen star, with fans excitedly awaiting his possible arrival. With that in mind, we will bring you all the news around the Albanian winger's future.
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He would not be the first former player to head back to Dean Smith’s stewardship. Ollie Watkins signed from Brentford in a club-record transfer, specifically to play with the ex-Bees manager for whom he played 60 times. Henry played 49 times for Dean , scoring on two occasions, according to Transfermarkt . He would add a different level of dynamism to current first-choice left-back Matt Targett and the prospect of linking up with Jack Grealish on the left-hand side is certainly something which would entice any full-back. Whatever transpires, Henry is clearly a player that Dean Smith admires and respects. The history between the two means it is likely the duo will work together at some point in future, and it may even be before the window closes.
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