Date: 18th August 2019 at 8:00pm
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Aston Villa’s second Premier League game of the 2019/20 campaign following our promotion ultimately ended in disappointment as Bournemouth took all three points from our Villa Park clash.

The 2-1 scoreline doesn’t quite tell the full story from the match as we better dominated and we showed plenty of improvement in our play after the Spurs showing. Our problem was we couldn’t take our far greater chances, and Bournemouth had a 2-0 goal lead inside of the opening 12 minutues.

Improvements yes, but again, more learning curves to be made and some players still aren’t up to speed or haven’t quite found their best form yet.

At least compared to the game I watched, statistics website Whoscored even managed to surprise me with their player ratings this time out.

Ahmed Elmohamady picking up a star man score of 7.67 is bizarre. He was decent in attack again, as his stats show with five key passes and a massive 105 touches (the most of any player) but the crossing quality wasn’t great for me, and defensively he was again off the pace.

The top five were completed by John McGinn (7.06), Jack Grealish (7.01), Tyrone Mings (6.96) and Bjorn Engels (6.86).

Despite his poor start and mistake for their goal, Douglas Luiz on 6.86 seems bizarre given how he grew into the match and ended the game, as I’d have thought Man of the Match would be between him, Mings and McGinn.

Then again, Anwar El Ghazi was rated higher than Trezeguet and given overall contribution I’m really not sure how that is possible either.

Must be one of those weeks and I certainly wouldn’t be surprised if these ratings change as the weekend progresses.

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3 Replies to “5 Key Passes, A Whopping 105 Touches, But Surely Villa’s MotM Is Wrong Here”

  • Does it really matter, the most important thing as far as I can see is Wesley he’s not up to it looking like a massive waste of money, we are woefully light on fire power and it’s already costing us, we simply can’t afford to let this continue, much as I dislike it I believe we have to sign Sturbridge even on a temporary basis or this won’t end well, we are just hovering above the relegation zone already and we can’t be there come January or we are going to struggle to stay in the PL, yes I know a long way to go but this is a very poor start played two lost two and Everton is going to be really tough. Not signing another striker a huge mistake. And not playing Guilbert and Targett another, I think Smith is a good manager but just at this time I have no idea what he’s thinking about. This has to change now

  • Although I do like player stats, they are quite granular and can cough out some misleading results. I guess it is a quantitative analysis, when the qualities of a player’s contribution might suggest something different.

    I suspect Smith has gone with Elmo and Taylor partly for continuity from last term and, maybe, to also keep a solid back line. Perhaps he thinks Guilbert and Targett might forage a bit too far forward during the early weeks of the season and expose Mings and Engels at bit too much. However, I can see both of the younger men figuring before long.

    Although I wouldn’t give up on Wes and co. at this early stage, I do share Colin’s concern with the attack. There is a worry that we may be thin on goals. In some ways I wish Besiktas had come in earlier for Kodjia (if the story is true) and we had then snapped up Maupay before Graham Potter moved in. I just feel we need that clinical finisher and would currently put money on Smith seeking someone of that ilk come January.

    Let’s hope we have found a repeatable winning formula well before that next transfer window opens.

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