Tuesday media watch [01.04.14]: US tour/Bacuna in spotlight
Birmingham Mail: Leandro Bacuna has received a supportive arm around the shoulder from Ron Vlaar as he contends with being a rookie right-back in the Premier League. Bacuna conceded a sloppy penalty in Saturday's 4-1 defeat at Manchester United and was also criticised by pundits after Villa lost by the same scoreline to Stoke.
Birmingham Mail: Callum Robinson's brilliant double decided a derby that began as a damp squib and finished in thrilling fashion at Villa Park. For almost half-an-hour neither side could make much impression, despite plenty of endeavour, but the encounter suddenly sprang into life.
Birmingham Mail: Aston Villa have announced a pre-season summer tour to the United States, playing two matches against Major League Soccer opposition in Texas. Villa are also expected to play a friendly in Holland against Leandro Bacuna's former club Groningen on Saturday, August 2.
Express and Star: Ron Vlaar today tipped Leandro Bacuna to hit back from his defensive nightmare and urged the critics to go easy. The Villa skipper insisted the makeshift right-back should not carry the can for the claret and blues' problems at the back.
Express and Star: Villa striker Darren Bent was today at loggerheads with Fulham boss Felix Magath over his fitness.
Express and Star: Villa today announced a two-match pre-season tour to the US. The Claret and Blues will take on FC Dallas on July 23 at the Toyota Stadium and Houston Dynamo on July 26 at the BBVA Compass Stadium.
ClubCall: Skipper Ron Vlaar has backed under-fire Aston Villa defender Leandro Bacuna to recover from his recent disappointing performances. The 22-year-old Netherlands Under-21 international was signed on a three-year contract from FC Groningen in his homeland last summer and has been utilised as a right-back by boss Paul Lambert.
ESPN: Aston Villa will compete against Major League Soccer sides FC Dallas and Houston Dynamo on a U.S. summer tour in July, the Premier League club has announced. Paul Lambert's team will play the first friendly on American soil against Dallas on July 23 at the Toyota Stadium, while facing Dynamo on July 26 at the BVA Compass Stadium.
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