Jack Grealish assisted two goals, and John McGinn grabbed a brace, as Aston Villa thumped Charlton in Chris Solly’s testimonial match.

Villa captain Grealish teed up Anwar El Ghazi and Andre Green either side of half-time before McGinn added a third before the hour mark.

Lyle Taylor pulled one back from the penalty spot but by then it was too late, with the Scotland international making it four seven minutes from time.

The real worry for the Addicks will be the status of new signing Chuks Aneke, who went down with an injury for the second time in two games.

Solly’s testimonial match is Charlton’s last game of preseason as they now kickstart their new season in the Championship with a trip to Blackburn Rovers.

The club captain received a guard of honour prior to kick-off before he gave a short speech following the full-time whistle.

Charlton’s longest-serving player by far he has spent his entire decade-long career at The Valley and amassed 297 appearances across all competitions during that time.

Lee Bowyer started Solly in his testimonial match and gave Deji Oshilaja in his first start at The Valley since joining the club. Aneke also started after suffering a hamstring problem against Gillingham.

Former Addicks Jed Steer and Ezri Konsa were slotted into Villa’s starting 11 for the trip to southeast London whilst new signing Trezeguet made his debut.

Charlton started brightly but the visitors tested the Addicks early, as El Ghazi repeatedly attacked Solly’s right flank before Grealish went close from a free-kick.

The captain was nearly punished for a misplaced pass but was saved by a crucial Naby Sarr block.

It was during the latter stages of the first half that Villa would draw first blood when Grealish’s deft pass into El Ghazi allowed him to slot home on 37 minutes.

Charlton went into the break a goal behind and produced chances early on. Aneke was twice denied an equaliser, first by goalkeeper Steer and then by a vital Tyrone Mings block.

But Villa would double their lead when well-worked move ended up with Grealish teeing up substitute Green on 55 minutes.

The Premier League newcomers added a third shortly after when John McGinn drilled home 58 minutes, stinging substitute goalkeeper Ben Amos’ palms in the process.

It didn’t all go Villa’s way though. Konsa brought Taylor down in the box before the Addicks’ leading scorer last term converted from the penalty spot on 65 minutes.

Substitute Callum Harriott had a near-instant impact and saw his dangerous delivery into the box only narrowly miss Ben Purrington on the other side.

But Bowyer would be dealt an injury blow when new signing Aneke went down clutching his hamstring during a promising move, forcing him to be replaced with substitute Albie Morgan.

As time wore on Villa asserted their dominance and Charlton struggled to contain them.

The fourth arrived when McGinn continued on into the box, despite being clipped by Jake Forster-Caskey, and firing home on 83 minutes.

Substitute Scott Hogan nearly made it five late on but was denied by Amos.