Few Aston Villa fans knew what to expect when head coach Dean Smith brought in Egyptian international Trezeguet during the summer transfer window, but as the 25-year-old continues to adjust to life at the club and the Premier League level, it’s not unfair to say he’s blown hot and cold in games so far.
We’ve undoubtedly seen flashes of what he’s capable of and he does bring a drive and energy to the pitch, but his composure and productivity is open to debate – plenty have debated whether Conor Hourihane was the right substitution when he came on, but Trez was impressive in his short runout on the wing as we battled to all three points.
Former player and now pundit, Darren Bent, was certainly impressed with his efforts in the 2-1, but like many of us, he feels he has more of an impact when used from the substitute’s bench, as opposed to starting matches.
“Yeah, he does come on and cause problems as you said there, when he starts games he can be a little ineffective. But you’re right when you’ve got someone with that kind of pace to come off the bench, it can change the tide, and they’re down to 10-men and you see the speed demon coming on…you’re thinking ‘Aww, here we go’. He is a great asset to come of the bench, there will be some games where he will be better off starting, and yesterday it was a game where it was better that he came off the bench and Dean Smith recognises that, that’s what makes him a very good manager.”
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