Aston Villa Star Players of the Week
3rd place – Nathan Baker (1pt)
It was yet another battling and heroic effort by the Baker and the beard. His never say die attitude is infectious through the team and the fans. He got his head to everything and had Adebayor in his back pocket. Baker’s performance was typified by a header where he threw himself at the ball and it travelled half the length of the pitch. Now that’s how to defend!
2nd place – Charles N’Zogbia (3pts)
Sunday saw by far the best performance by the Frenchman this season. He looked like the player he was a few years ago, constantly running with the ball and taking players on. Every time he got the ball he looked dangerous and like he was going to cause problems.
Another aspect of N’Zogbia’s game this season has been impressive is his tenacity. Charlie has had a reputation to not put in the shift required for the team. This season however, he has hounded defenders when he has lost the ball and never gave up on the cause. He showed this in the assist for the goal as he fought to get pasT the full-back and put in an inch perfect ball for Weimann.
1st place – Matthew Lowton (5pts)
Lowton’s exile was certainly the biggest mystery of last season for most fans after a very successful debut season in the top flight.
Following a tough return against QPR, last Sunday bought a return to form for the young English full-back who also reignited his deadly combination with Benteke, which bought the Villa so much success two years ago. His early crosses into the big Belgian were a great weapon all through the game.
What I like about Lowton is he always looks to go forward and be positive no matter what. It will be interesting to see what Lambert will do when Hutton is back from injury at the end of November.
The Player Who Has To Pick Themselves Up and Go Again
There wasn’t many poor performers in the game on Sunday which shows how much improved it was compared to the previous Monday. However, the moment that changed the game more than the sending off was the first Spurs goal. The team was defending valiantly until Gabby came on and switched off completely at a corner and let his man score completely unchallenged. This goal switched the momentum towards the North London side that hadn’t looked a threat prior to that.
It has to be said that Gabby will be desperately needed in the absence of Benteke going into the next three games, but he needs to step up his game.
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