A rampant Aston Villa put on an impressive display in front of the returning Spurs fans. Skipper, Jack Grealish, returned to the starting line-up after thirteen games absent whilst youngsters, Carney Chukwuemeka and Jaden Philogene-Bidace, made their senior debuts late on from the bench to help secure Villa’s ninth away win of the season.
Emi Martínez: 7/10
The Argentinian enjoyed a dominant display in front of goal, making some crucial saves to ensure all three points traveled back to Birmingham. With three saves made from shots inside the 18 yard box, it showed his cat-like reflexes.
Ezri Konsa: 7/10
In an unprecedented turn of events, the center-back found himself lining up on the right-hand side of the back four for the first time since joining the club just over two years ago. However, with the usual calm manner of his performance, his outing flowed in a manner that would have many fooled about his real ‘natural’ position.
Kortney Hause: 7/10
In his second successive start for the club, it was another pleasing performance for everyone associated with the club. His no-nonsense nature assured Villa’s tempo on the game in a controlled manner with the former Wolverhampton Wanderers center-back making four clearances, one blocked shot, one interception, and one tackle.
Tyrone Mings: 7/10
It was a pleasing return to the side for the England international as he looked to assure himself a place in Gareth Southgate’s final 26 man squad for this summer’s upcoming European Championships. Mings marshaled dangerous front man, Harry Kane, with relative ease whilst taking care when in possession to maintain possession on Villa’s behalf.
Matt Targett: 6/10
An average display allowed the left-back to void drawing attention to himself, completing the important tasks whilst staying firmly under the radar. A swift performance allowed the Englishman to drive his team forward with his successful dribbling attempts equating to five.
Marvelous Nakamba: 6/10
The Zimbabwean’s afternoon got off on the wrong foot as his lack of control on the ball allowed the opposition possession in which they subsequently took the lead with. Despite this, the midfielder ventured forward and his side’s equalizer all equated through a dangerous ball into the box from Marvelous forcing an own goal. With his defensive aspect, he won 89% of his ground duels; anchoring in front of the defense and breaking up play.
John McGinn: 6/10
An afternoon in North London that frustrated the Scottish international. It was announced before the game that the midfield maestro was part of Scotland’s European Championship squad for the summer, however, he was unable to capitalize on his performance, losing possession cheaply on over ten occasions.
Jack Grealish: 7/10
With the captain’s all important return to the first team, it provided the side a much needed confidence boost to play with freedom and fluidity. His presence was on display from the very start, with his 94% pass accuracy. Along with this, he also won back possession ten out of fourteen attempts, showing his defensive determination to contribute to the team.
With the England midfielder seemingly on the road back to full fitness, it is inevitable that he is causing international manager, Gareth Southgate, some headaches with the international tournament just weeks away.
Anwar El Ghazi: 6/10
The wide midfielder enjoyed a frustrating affair on this occasion as he lost possession sixteen times and only won three of his attempted twelve ground duels, conceding a foul on five occasions. Despite this, when in possession, he managed to hold the ball and look to link the midfield into proceedings to good effect.
Bertrand Traoré: 7/10
A determined display meant the Burkina Faso international was pivotal in Villa’s winning goal. His ruthless nature won possession back in a high area of the pitch, subsequently leading to Ollie Watkins winning the game for his side, but not without the efforts from the wide midfielder.
Ollie Watkins: 7/10
A thoroughly dominant display could have seen the striker with more than one goal on this occasion. Ollie saw a strong appeal for a penalty waved away from the referee, but used his frustration to place himself back in goal scoring positions and it paid off with him pouncing on a defensive error with a cool finish past the Hugo Lloris.