Football Manager 2022 Aston Villa: Tactics, Budget, Key Players, Who To Sign and More

Aston Villa

Aston Villa are one of the most interesting challenges to take on in Football Manager 2022 so we’ve put together a guide on the Midlands club before you dive into a save!

The club obviously lost Jack Grealish in the summer, as he departed for Manchester City in a record-breaking £100m move.

They spent big, recruiting the likes of Leon Bailey, Danny Ings, and Emiliano Buendia.

It’s been difficult in real life for the Villans, though, who ultimately sacked Dean Smith and decided to replace him with Steven Gerrard, luring him down from Rangers.

Can you do better than Smith and guide the club into Europe without their previous talisman, who is now at City, or will you be another victim of the Villa Park hotseat?

Read More: FM22 Rangers Team Guide

Football Manager 2022 Aston Villa Team Guide

Here’s everything you need to know about an Aston Villa save on FM22, which should keep you busy for a while!

Board Expectations

Aston Villa board expectations

In the Premier League, you’re expected to finish in the top half, reach the fifth round of the FA Cup, and reach the fourth round of the EFL Cup.

That’s more than achievable and by the end of the 2022/23 season you’re expected to qualify for the Europa League.


There’s a fair amount here for improvements.

Transfer budget: £20m
Wage budget remaining: £70k p/w

This will more than do when it comes to strengthening the squad.


State of the art training facilities
Superb youth facilities
Good academy coaching
Excellent youth recruitment

This is very good.


Villa Park is one of the oldest grounds in England and holds 42,777 fans.


Key Player: Danny Ings
Captain: Tyrone Mings
Vice-Captain: John McGinn
Assistant Manager: Gary McAllister
Director of Football: Johan Lange

Suggested Best XI

Aston Villa best XI

Villa have an interesting suggested best XI when you take over the team.

In a 4-2-3-1 formation, it’s thus: Martinez; Cash, Mings, Tuanzebe, Targett; Douglas Luiz, McGinn, Sanson; Bailey, Ings, Watkins.

A thoroughly decent side.


When you boot up the tactics screen for the first time, you’ll be given three presets to choose from for Villa.

They are ‘gegenpress’, ‘vertical tiki-taka’, and ‘wing play’.

That’s about what you’d expect from a team that likes to have the majority of the ball.

Key Positions To Strengthen

Villa’s squad is a strong one after their summer spending but two areas stick out: You could do with a really good central midfielder to come in and partner John McGinn, and a right-back, given that Ashley Young is listed as the best full-back on both sides.

Get those two in and you’ve got a pretty strong squad.

Youngsters ready for the first-team

Aston Villa youngsters

Carney Chukwuemeka is a superstar in the making; he’s got 4.5* potential and is touted to be better than McGinn.

Cameron Archer is a 19-year-old striker with 4* potential, while Jaden Philogene-Bidace is a winger who could become better than Ollie Watkins.

Full 1st season squad

Goalkeepers: Emiliano Martinez, Jed Steer.

Defenders: Ezri Konsa, Matty Cash, Axel Tuanzebe, Tyrone Mings, Kortney Hause, Matt Targett.

Midfielders: Marvelous Nakamba, Douglas Luiz, John McGinn, Morgan Sanson, Ashley Young.

Forwards: Bertrand Traore, Leon Bailey, Emiliano Buendia, Jacob Ramsey, Trezeguet, Ollie Watkins, Anwar El Ghazi, Keinan Davis, Danny Ings.

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