Date: 19th July 2019 at 10:35am
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Aston Villa’s forgotten man netted a goal in their 3-0 victory over Minnesota United on Wednesday as Dean Smith’s side made the perfect start to pre-season. The surprise name on the scoresheet was Birkir Bjarnason, a regular for his international side Iceland but an anonymous figure amongst The Villans starting eleven in recent times.

Bjarnason joined the club in January 2017, signing a three-and-a-half year contract from Basel and only featured in 17 matches as Villa won promotion from the Championship last term. The 31-year-old played in the second-half of their pre-season opener and headed home the final goal from an Andre Green cross.

Many fans at Villa Park went to Twitter to share their thoughts on Bjarnason’s contribution with one supporter unable to contain his delight that the Icelandic international was still with them – saying he’s Villa through and through. Another fan claimed that the midfielder would deliver for the club if he were played in the right position.

Others even commented saying he was the stand out in the second half which was echoed by one member of the Villa fanbase who said he had written him off until last night; where he was one of the better players in the match.

You can read the best selection of tweets from Villa supporters below:

 

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