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Aston Villa 2016-17 player preview: Jores Okore

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His Aston Villa spell hasn't been controversy free, but this season could be Jores Okore's to break out of.

Danish international Okore had a major falling out with interim manager Eric Black near the end of last season, and the player ended the season playing with the reserves. It appeared for all the money as if he would be leaving Villa this summer, but under new manager Roberto Di Matteo, Okore seems happy to stay, which is definitely good news for the club.

Entering his 4th season for the club, injuries and disciplinary troubles mean that Okore, at just 23 years old has played only 38 times for Aston Villa. With Ciaran Clark gone, the spot beside Tommy Elphick at the heart of defence is Okore's for the taking. A better player than Baker, a solid Okore has the potential to be decisive in getting Aston Villa back into the Premier League.

We've caught glimpses of what the former Nordsjælland defender can do. But this season, consistency will be key for Jores Okore.