Welcome to the 7500 To Holte x Aston Villa weekly power rankings! Each week we’ll be looking at the top five Villa players of said week, as chosen by you and us. I asked the team to give me, in order, their top five players of the past week (week 2 - the Yeovil Town and Ipswich games) with a small caveat - that the top five didn’t necessarily have to be based on game action. For instance, Jack Grealish might rank highly for staying at Aston Villa in the transfer window & Birkir Bjarnason might rank highly not for his match performances, but for scoring a memorable last-minute match winner at Villa Park. That’s how it rolls.
I asked Twitter as well, and you kindly got back to me. You gave me your top five players, and I sorted this ‘data’ out. Your top player got five points and your 5th placed player got one point. Using this, with a fresh slate each week, we can see who you’re rating at any given week. Each month, we can also crown a player of the month, and at the end of the season we can award the Ballon d’Holte, for Villa’s best player.
Week Two: Yeovil Town (CUP) & Ipswich Town
5: James Chester
Even when Chester is bad, he looks good. He’s able to hold it together and seem calm in the face of adversity. Villa had a tough time out against Ipswich and Yeovil, and he had a rough game in the latter. You weren’t afraid to show him a bit of love, though.
4: Conor Hourihane
Conor had to battle Ahmed Elmohamady to squeeze onto 4th place in the last power rankings, but he rose up thanks to a match-saving goal against Yeovil. Even when he’s the forgotten man, he’s capable of a bit of magic.
3: Jack Grealish
Villa’s golden boy sparked a fight-back against Yeovil, and tried everything to find a Villa win against Ipswich. It didn’t quite come off as he found himself booted around the park on both occasions. Still, we’ve all got a lot of time for Jack, even on an off day.
2: Jonathan Kodjia
We were all waiting for Jonathan Kodjia to get off the mark. He was Villa’s best player against Yeovil and he made Hourihane’s goal happen with a jink and diving run into the box. He also gave Villa the lead with a smart header against Ipswich. We’re not yet thinking about the Brentford game that has just passed, but my god, Jimmy Danger is back.
1: John McGinn
If we’d sold Jack Grealish, then John McGinn would be one hell of a consolation. He didn’t appear vs Yeovil, but he showed his talents against Ipswich with another commanding display. He’s still a young player, but he’s exactly what Villa have been missing. McGinn seems worth 10x the fee he came to Villa for. It’s unreal.
That’s week one sorted. We’ve banked the votes and wiped the slate clean for week three which will take into account the Brentford match and the upcoming Reading game on the weekend. Look out for our call on the twitter after the Reading game to post your votes again!