- Jan 17, 2008
I think that's pretty harsh. He didn't have any moments of pure genius, but he was Villa today. He popped up all over the park, was practically impossible to get the ball off, his passing is always expertly measured and precise and he won what felt like 30 fouls. He also got an assist and would've had another were it not for that Davies block. If he wasn't in this Villa team they would've been as good as relegated by now.I don't think he was great to be honest. He's a decent technical player but one paced and today was often just looking to hit the deck rather than play any football. In a better team he might flourish when it's not all on his shoulders, but ultimately today he was up against Aurier and Alderweireld playing really badly and giving him free run of proceedings and he ultimately came up with very little to punish that.