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Unai Emery has revised Aston Villa’s bonus system to ensure players have additional rewards only if they qualify for Europe or win a trophy this season.
Emery’s men have stumbled a bit since Christmas and were knocked out of the FA Cup by Chelsea on Wednesday. However, thanks to their good form in the first half of the campaign, they are just five points behind league leaders Liverpool ahead of this weekend’s game against Manchester United at Villa Park.
Since returning to the Premier League, Villa’s team have been offered incentives based on league position as well as eventual success in competitions. But under Emery, these will be achieved only if Villa qualifies for European competition next season or lifts the Europa Conference League.
Villa will find out their final 16 opponents in that competition later this month.
The Basque is determined to continually improve standards at Villa and believes the current bonus system is a better way to measure progress. Villa’s form may have dipped of late, but there are mitigating factors.
Unai Emery has changed Aston Villa’s bonus structure to focus player rewards on winning trophies or qualifying for Europe.
Villa will now focus on progressing in the Europa Conference League after being knocked out of the FA Cup by Chelsea.
The club is currently without several of its defenders, including Ezri Konsa, who was injured against Sheffield United.
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They are currently without defenders Ezri Konsa, Tyrone Mings and Lucas Digne, while Pau Torres is only fit for the bench.
They could easily be your first-choice back four, while Emiliano Buendía is a long-term absentee like Mings and both Alex Moreno and Jacob Ramsey have spent time on the sidelines this season, as has backup forward Jhon Durán.
Emery is desperate to strengthen the squad again this summer, but like many of their rivals, Villa will have to be mindful of the Premier League’s sustainability and profit rules.
Midfielders Ramsey, Douglas Luiz and Boubacar Kamara have admirers and, due to spending regulations, Villa would be forced to consider significant offers.