Albert Adomah has been in fine form this season netting 9 goals in all competitions, 3 times the amount he got over the whole of last season. The Ghanaian has taken a different approach than he did last season where he was the main player bagging the assists and setting players up, whereas now he is the goalscorer in Steve Bruce’s side. Has he become the new focal point of Aston Villa?
Some sections of the faithful appeared to get fed up with some of his lacklustre performances towards the back end of last season. Adomah went quiet and seemed to lack any real intent. This season has been completely different with him being a revelation and it has got to the point where he must be the first name on Bruce’s team sheet.
Adomah moved from Middlesbrough to Aston Villa for a fee of £3.15 million in 2016, the same year that Boro got promoted and Villa, unfortunately, got relegated from the Premier League. The two clubs needed a change in the right-wing position, so Middlesbrough purchased Spanish-born winger Adama Traore for £7.43 million to replace the outgoing Adomah.
During that summer many felt that Boro got the better end of the trade but the statistics since the two transfers prove otherwise. Adomah has managed 11 goals in 52 league appearances while Traore is yet to score in his 36 games. I think we know who got the better end of the deal, so far.
Adomah appears to have added a more attacking style to his game this season which is great to see and takes some pressure off the strikers in the side. He loves to run at defenders and gives them loads of problems as he has shown in the last two games against Sunderland and Queens Park Rangers.
Not only has he become a threat on the attacking front, the 29-year-old has been better defensively helping out whoever has played behind him.
He was dropped by Bruce at the start of the season and it looked like he could have been the latest in a long line of transfer flops but his hard work and determination has proven otherwise.
It is important that in the modern game, wingers track back and help the full backs when required.
A perfect example of Adomah’s defending capabilities is the game against Birmingham City where he and Hutton worked together to shut down Jota and Maxine Colin down the right, with Adomah tracking the overlapping run of fullback Colin and Hutton pushing Jota onto his weaker right-foot where he and Adomah managed to completely trap him at times.
Recently it has come clear that Adomah is one of the players that really cares about the football club. His goal celebrations and post-match celebrations show the pure joy he has playing in claret and blue. He also looks like a big personality in the dressing room which is something managers seem to talk about a lot.
For me, Adomah has been out most important player so far this season and he could play a crucial role in deciding our fate. If he picks up an injury or his form drops off then we will need someone else to step up or we could find ourselves in trouble.