Date: 18th December 2018 at 9:00am
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Ahmed Elmohamady started at right-back in Aston Villa’s 2-2 draw with Stoke City and greatly underperformed, not for the first time this season. On numerous occasions, the 31-year-old failed to cut out a cross from the right or stop his man getting in behind at the far post and such lack defending led to him being culpable for Stoke’s second goal on the day.

With the score at 1-1, James McClean managed to dribble inside of Elmohamady and was brought down inside the penalty area by the Egyptian international. Stoke converted the spot-kick to go 2-1 up. Villa managed to peg the Potters back, but Dean Smith has a big decision to make on the defender’s future as the bad performances continue to rack up.

In Elmohamady’s last seven appearances, he’s failed to make a tackle and has only managed three interceptions. The former Hull City man has won just two aerial duels in his previous five outings too. Given his poor form, James Bree surely deserves a chance to prove himself at right-back when Alan Hutton is either playing on the left or is unavailable.

Bree has made only three Championship appearances this season, the last of which came two months ago, but Smith needs to take Elmohamady out of the side as he can’t defend and it’s costing Villa goals.

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