Friday media watch [20.07.12 AM]: Villa squad head for Chicago
Birmingham Mail: Richard Dunne admits he and Villa's other elder statesmen must adapt quickly if they are to stay aboard Paul Lambert's claret and blue bandwagon. Dunne is entering the final year of his contract and is striving to prove to the new manager that he deserves to keep his place in the centre of defence.
Birmingham Mail: Emerging talent Samir Carruthers has revealed how Villa's former Major League Soccer loanee Robbie Keane gave him the confidence to compete in the Premier League. Carruthers burst on to the fringes of the Premier League scene for the claret and blues late last season with a couple of encouraging substitute cameo appearances.
Birmingham Mail: Mighty oaks from little Acorns grow. Duncan Riddle knows that only too well having been the man responsible for sowing the seeds of Villa's ground-breaking link-up with Acorns Children's Hospices.
Birmingham Mail: It was Villa-Delf-ia in Philadelphia as Nathan Delfouneso scored the only goal of the match to kick off the US tour with a 1-0 victory. Delfouneso curled in a neat 43rd-minute strike to settle the friendly, which was played in stifling 84 degrees Fahrenheit conditions at Union's PPL Park.
The Sun: Paul Lambert's new-look Aston Villa kicked off their US tour with a sizzling 1-0 win over Philadelphia Union. Last season's Premier League strugglers warmed up for the first of three Stateside pre-season games with a gruelling training session in a 100-degree heatwaves.
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