What Pau Torres did after Newcastle defeat as Unai Emery answers Tyrone Mings transfer question

Aston Villa were thrashed 5-1 in what was a sobering defeat against Newcastle United at St. James’ Park on the opening weekend of the new Premier League campaign.

Unai Emery was also handed another major injury blow as Tyrone Mings appears to have sustained a serious knee injury just days after Emi Buendia was ruled out for months after also suffering a significant injury in midweek. Mings’ injury came after all three goals in the first half, as Newcastle went into the break 2-1 up after Alexander Isak restored the advantage for his side following Moussa Diaby’s equaliser.

Aston Villa head coach Unai Emery (Image: Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Villa’s summer signing applied an excellent finish inside the box minutes after Emery’s men fell behind early on through Sandro Tonali’s opener. Then, in the second half, Isak grabbed his brace, before Callum Wilson and Harvey Barnes also got in on the act.

Villa’s number one then took to social media, and posted: “It’s not how you start it’s how you finish thanks for the travelling fans for your support.”

Martinez plaudits prove point

It speaks volumes about Villa’s night out in Newcastle when their goalkeeper received plaudits in a 5-1 loss. If it weren’t for Martinez’s many saves throughout the match, then Villa could’ve conceded six or seven. That’s the reality of it.

Newcastle were devastating in transition as Villa pushed forward in a bid to get back in the match, and they nearly did through Matty Cash while the score was 3-1, but he blazed an effort over the bar when he ought to have done better.

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Martinez made a number of top stops in the match, including one to prevent Wilson from point-blank range as he flung himself across the goal line late in the second period to deny the striker another goal. Despite Martinez’s goal being peppered after Villa struggled to cope with the pace and power of Newcastle’s forward line, Emery insisted after the game that he will not change what he asks of his players.

“We’re not changing our idea,” he explained. “We are going to be very demanding but we know the top seven teams in the Premier League. One of them is Newcastle. We have to analyse and try to get again our way.”

Emery will not panic

Emery has had a transformational impact on Villa since replacing Steven Gerrard last November and took no time getting his side playing on the front foot last term.

Following a three-match losing streak against Leicester, Man City and Arsenal, Villa also became watertight in defence across the final 15 games of the campaign, they kept seven clean sheets and didn’t concede more than one goal in a match in that time.

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Aston Villa head coach Unai Emery

Emery has no doubts that his side will react against Everton next weekend, but the manner of Saturday night’s loss would have come as a shock to the system.

“We were playing and controlling the match in the first half, but in the second half after they scored it was the moment we didn’t react good,” Emery said. “If we scored with Matty Cash’s chance maybe we could get some options, but at the end 5-1 is a little bit more than we deserved. They deserved to win, but not like that.”

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McGinn devastated by cruel Mings blow

Villa were on a hiding to nothing in the second half as Newcastle threatened with every attack, against a defence who appeared to be sorely missing Mings. The England international will have a scan on Sunday after falling awkwardly near the corner flag before leaving the pitch on a stretcher with his right leg in a protective boot.

Emery insisted that his injury was worse than the result on the night, as he joins Buendia on the sidelines. Villa will be without those two long-term absentees, as well as Jacob Ramsey, Alex Moreno, Bertrand Troare, Jhon Duran and Leander Dendoncker for Everton next Sunday.

After full-time, Villa’s captain John McGinn said: “Tyrone is a huge player for us. A leader. After losing Emi [Buendia], it is a bitter bow and we are keeping our fingers crossed for him.

“It is devastating to see him like that. Pau [Torres] comes in, we’ve spent a lot of money to recruit him, and we have no excuses.”

Villa to assess the transfer market

Villa remain active in the transfer market to add more players to Emery’s squad this summer having signed three players so far in this window. Diaby, Torres and Tielemans all made their league debuts for Villa at Newcastle, and Emery is hopeful to add a couple of attackers to his forward line in the coming weeks.

Following the injury sustained by Mings on Saturday, perhaps Villa will check the market to add more depth to the centre-back position.

Asked if that is a possibility, Emery said: “We are trying to be intelligent in the window. After these two injuries we will have to analyse the squad and the way we are going to face this year.”

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