RATINGS: Sheffield Wed at home

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McGinn should play at Wembley

Another defeat, this time to Sheffield Wednesday. Villa lost 2-1 to Sheffield Wednesday which has made it 1 win in 8. The pressure continues to build on manager Steve Bruce what about the players? See how we rated their performance in our latest defeat.

Orjan Nyland – 5

The Norwegian looked uncomfortable collecting crosses from the flanks, including free kicks. It has become a worrying theme of the keeper Bruce hailed before adding him to the group as Sam Johnstone’s replacement.

Ahmed Elmohamady – 5

A game of wasteful crossing and little influence from Elmo. Whilst his influence going forward is expected at home. We should have enough going forward to score goals and create chances anyhow.

James Chester – 6

It goes without saying that Chester struggles to play with a makeshift back four. Sweeping up and detecting danger for others is not going to help Chezzie stand out as he did last term.

Mile Jedinak – 4

Whilst I point little blame to the Aussie (Bruce rightly carrying the brunt of it) he must do the basics right. Playing blind passes across the park and not being the physical influence at the back we expect. Mile’s respected name at the club is currently being tarnished by Steve.

Alan Hutton – 6

Hutton denied what would be a certain goal with Sheffield Wednesday striker Steven Fletcher bearing down on Nyland from all of seven yards. If Grealish continues to drift inside from left, Hutts has a lot of grass to maraud into, providing an attacking option on the flank.

Conor Hourihane – 5

His weight of passing was not good enough in the final third at times, limiting the space that others could manoeuvre within. Had very little impact against Wednesday and consistency is becoming an issue.

MOTM: McGinn vs Sheffield WednesdayJohn McGinn – 8

The first goal in claret and blue could not have been dreamt any better. Cracking the postage stamp in front of the Holte End. Whilst his goal of the season contender will live fondly in his memory forever, his work ethic and energy match the technical ability he has.

Jack Grealish – 4

Ever since his Tottenham move failed to materialise, Jack hasn’t ever reached the levels of last season, failing to make the influence we all know he can. It doesn’t help that Bruce sticks him out on the left-hand side. All to accommodate a strike partnership at the top of the field.

Albert Adomah – 4

Doesn’t do enough on the ball. Too predictable and easy to defend for opposing full-backs. The Ghanian hasn’t made an impact on any game this season.

Jonathan Kodjia – 5

Clearly has the ability to get beyond an opposing defender, Kodjia does, however, lacks the all-important quality of influencing the game for the full ninety minutes. Labelled as a maverick by some. I’m unsure if he’d be better of on the left side, instead of preventing Grealish’s impact in the hole.

Tammy Abraham – 5

His service is summed up by his body language after his teammates fail to spot his movement in front of the ball. Whilst his frustrations remind me of Scott Hogan’s problems last season, there’s no doubt Tammy is a class forward who will take the chances when they’re made for him.

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