Following an impressing 4-0 win over Burton Albion yesterday to make it three wins in four we take a look at how the players rated in the performance. Do you agree with the ratings?
Jed Steer – 6
Comfortably collected crosses throughout the course of the game and looked sharp off his goal-line. I’d be happy to see him boast the number 1 jersey come Monday 6th August.
Alan Hutton – 6
Recovered from a shaky first half display where two errors could have led to goals. The Scot, however, showed good composure on the ball and grew into his unfamiliar role which Kyle Walker expertly demonstrated in Russia.
James Chester – 7
Mr consistent rarely put a foot wrong and when he did, he was quick enough to recover. His intelligence and solid reading of the game makes him a vital cog in the machine – a player we cannot afford to let go.
Neil Taylor – 5
The Welshman – after ending a woeful season to boos at Villa Park – looked out of place in the opening exchanges, when matched up against Martin Sordell on the right wing.
Andre Green – 6
A quiet and uneventful performance wasn’t what Villa’s number 19 needed. He struggled to get on the ball, but when he could, he’d show glimpses of the talent we’d all come accustomed to at the start of last season before two setbacks ruled him out of making an impact in the promotion push.
Ritchie De Laet – 9
Continued his very impressive pre-season form for Villa and even got on the scoresheet with a brilliant solo effort. Could quickly become a fans favourite at Villa Park. MOTM.
Henri Lansbury – 5
Bruce gave him the license to get on the ball and show signs of the talent he’s rarely produced at Villa Park since his move from Nottingham Forest two campaigns ago. However, the former Gooner couldn’t manage to pick out either wing back when given the opportunity- a poor showing from Henri.
Connor Hourihane – 6
The Irishman is in great form, picking up his third goal of pre-season at Walsall, but didn’t manage to replicate the heights of such performances as Villa struggled to get to grips with an alternative 3-5-2 formation.
Jack Grealish – 8
A class above. We already know and love the talent this lad can produce when he pulls on his boyhood colours. Let’s hope for good news soon…
Albert Adomah – 7
A threat on the break for the brewers. His dynamism in the final third stretches the opposing backlines. He worked well with Kodjia throughout the time he had to impress Bruce.
Jonathan Kodjia – 7
An impressive pre-season so far as the striker notched another to his tally which already eclipses what he managed last season. The Burton defence struggled to get close to him when the ball was at his feet, and a good run of form coming into the new campaign may be the tonic for a successful season in front of goal.