Cal the Dragon backs Aston Villa for top 4 finish in Premier League | Soccer

Cal the Dragon believes Aston Villa can shock the bigger sides (Image: Instagram/Getty)

Cal the Dragon believes Aston Villa can shock the bigger sides (Image: Instagram/Getty)

Football influencer Cal the Dragon has backed Aston Villa to challenge for the Premier League top 4 this season.

The TikTok star, who has 1.6million followers and 66.7million likes on his videos, was asked which team could be a surprise package in 2022-23, taking on Manchester United, Arsenal, Tottenham and Chelsea.

He believes Steven Gerrard’s side, who finished 14th in the top flight last season, could emerge as shock candidates to qualify for the Champions League.

Villa last finished in the top four in 1995/96 – also the year the Midlands club lifted their last major trophy and emerged victorious in the League Cup.

They were relegated from the Premier League in 2015-16 but returned three years later and have finished 17th, 11th and 14th since making it back to the top.

“I would say Aston Villa,” Cal the Dragon told Metro Sport. “You have been underestimated for quite some time.

“They’ve been back in the Premier League for a while and have some ridiculous players when you think about it.

Aston Villa drew 2-2 with Manchester United in a pre-season game last month (Image: Getty)

Aston Villa drew 2-2 with Manchester United in a pre-season game last month (Image: Getty)

“They have John McGinn, Ollie Watkins, they have a great goalkeeper in Emiliano Martinez. It’s the defense that needs a little work.

‘Tyrone Mings has too many flaws in them so they could use a more solid backline.’

call the dragon, who recently gave his top four prediction for the upcoming Premier League season believes Gerrard will be well suited to one day becoming manager of Liverpool and doesn’t need to provide silverware to prove himself.

Cal the Dragon has backed Steven Gerrard to one day become Liverpool boss (Image: Getty)

Cal the Dragon has backed Steven Gerrard to one day become Liverpool boss (Image: Getty)

“Steven Gerrard, when he took over at Rangers I was a little shocked and he absolutely smashed it there,” he added.

“When Villa was linked I thought it would be a good move. If Jurgen Klopp leaves, it could be a great move [for Liverpool] stepping in for Gerrard.

“Aston Villa would have to be consistent. You would have to be high-pressure. You would have to be patient. He needs to improve tactically and become more organized.

“Frank Lampard didn’t work at Chelsea but he didn’t get much time and just kept Everton going.”

Villa’s Premier League season begins on August 6 when they take on Bournemouth.

Meanwhile, Gerrard recently stripped Tyrone Mings of the Villa captaincy and handed it to John McGinn instead.

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