Douglas Luiz has a Newcastle United warning for Aston Villa

Douglas Luiz has given his assessment of Newcastle United – and the test Aston Villa face at St James’s Park.

Eddie Howe’s team moved up to fourth place in the Premier League following a 2-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur last weekend, while 15th-placed Villa beat Brentford 4-0 following the dismissal of Steven Gerrard.

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The club has appointed Unai Emery as Gerrard’s managerial successor, though he won’t take charge until next week.

Aston Villa midfielder Douglas Luiz.

“This game is very difficult for us,” said Luiz. “Newcastle have a good squad, and they’re higher than us in the table. We’re training so hard, and if we can play good against them, we can win this game.”

Luiz was linked with Newcastle in the summer, though the 24-year-old says he’s happy at Villa. The Brazil international said: “I enjoy every day here. It’s a big club. Playing in the Premier League, it’s the best league in the world. I enjoy every moment, I enjoy being with the players, the club – everything.”