Aston Villa and Steve Bruce ventured into the transfer market last summer and brought in a player that Bruce has a long history with, the Egyptian Ahmed Elmohamady. At first, when we signed him, he seemed like an excellent signing and in the pre-season tournament he linked up beautifully with Scott Hogan.
Bruce opted to play Elmohamady at right midfield at the beginning of the Championship season, with Alan Hutton and Neil Taylor occupying the full-back slots. Taylor had a sudden drop of form, despite being one of our most consistent players in recent times so Bruce decided to play Hutton at left back and dropped Elmohamady back to his more natural position at right-back.
Elmohamady had provided some beautiful assists for the big man Keinan Davis against Barnsley and Burton (both away) and this is one thing that we would miss if he wasn’t included in the team. Hutton is probably the better defender of the two but Hutton just hasn’t got the cross to match that of Elmohamady.
Over the last few games, Elmohamady has hit a bit of bad form and he seems to just hoof the ball up whenever he sees it. His defending isn’t the best either as he seems to just back off the attacking opposition.
It has begun to annoy some of the Villa faithful, as he wastes some very promising chances by just lashing the ball up the field to either nobody or the opposition defence which ultimately puts us back under pressure. To be fair, he often tries to find the run of Hogan, however, this comes off very rarely and 9 times out of 10 he loses the ball.
My argument is, why is Taylor being kept out of the starting lineup when, in my opinion, he is a much better defender and has a lot more composure when under pressure. I think for at least one game we should bring Hutton back to right back and give Taylor his old spot in the 11.
Hutton has become a bit of a cult hero of late and it would be obscene of us to drop him, but I am a big fan of Taylor and feel that Hutton and Taylor would be a much better fullback partnership than Elmohamady and Hutton.
One thing I do love about Elmohamady is his passion. When the team came over to us away fans sat in the Sheffield United away end, you could tell how much the win meant to him and how much passion he has for the cause.
What are your thoughts on the Egyptian international? Am I being too harsh on Elmohamady or should he be dropped due to his drop in form?