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Aston Villa 2017-18 player preview: Birkir Bjarnason

Thor: Ragnarök? Watch it at Villa Park.

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Icelandic midfielder Birkir Bjarnason is known as Thor by Villa fans, but he's yet to make a Mjolnir-sized impact with the team thanks to injuries. However, his impact at Euro 2016 cannot be denied.

The left-sided player mirrors Leandro Bacuna and will fill in across the pitch for Villa. Attack is where he shines though, and is one of Villa's smartest players. Unfortunately he will make runs and cuts inside that not many will pick up on.

Bjarnason deserves to start for Villa this season, but at what cost? The reality is that he will be a rotation option until he hits form. When he hits form, he’ll be the type of player to split a game wide open, but he needs to find his place in a team.

In the Norse mythos, Ragnarök is the event where time ends, only to begin a new. Will Villa’s ‘Thor’ help his time end their time in the Championship?