Michail Antonio has revealed how financial difficulties and a lack of opportunities during his teenage years left him on the verge of quitting football.
EXCLUSIVE: An enhanced policing operation has been launched ahead of a Sunday which will see four rival clubs converge on London on the same afternoon.
EXCLUSIVE BY KIERAN GILL: As it stands, a player can only be retrospectively punished by VAR for simulation if the referee has awarded a penalty and they notice he was deceived.
Smith's side laboured to a goalless home draw against West Ham on Monday night, despite playing around a quarter of the match against 10 men following Arthur Masuaku's 67th-minute red card.
Aston Villa pair Tyrone Mings and Anwar El Ghazi came to blows during their draw with West Ham on Monday night... but they are far from the first example of two team-mates falling out
The incident was then referred to VAR and a check for a potential red card was carried out - although El Ghazi was surprisingly spared being handed his marching orders.
KIERAN GILL AT VILLA PARK: Of all the incidents that VAR will pore over, checking a potential red card for a headbutt between two team-mates can be filed under the 'bizarre' category.
West Ham survived the second-half dismissal of Arthur Masuaku to extend their unbeaten run in the Premier League to three games with a 0-0 draw at Aston Villa on Monday Night Football.
The bust-up took place midway through the first half in Villa's home clash against West Ham, after Mings furiously lambasted the Egyptian for failing to track his opponent back.
Aston Villa host West Ham in the Premier League's Monday night action. Follow every kick from Villa Park right here with Sportsmail's JORDAN SEWARD. Kick-off gets underway at 8pm.