Gabby Agbonlahor has heaped praise on Anwar El Ghazi for his display for Aston Villa against West Brom on Sunday.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Villa captain claimed the winger was one of the only players who offered Dean Smith’s side any creativity as they salvaged a 2-2 draw with their Midlands rivals.
The 25-year-old converted an early penalty to give Villa the lead before they found themselves 2-1 down with seconds left.
Substitute Keinan Davis scored his first Premier League goal in injury time to earn Villa a point.
“The game against West Brom, I thought they tried to play attacking football,” Agbonlahor told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
“I thought El Ghazi was really good. He was the main one on the pitch for Villa who tried to take people on and make things happen.
“They’re just missing that bit of spark. I know we keep mentioning Jack, but if Jack plays in that game they win it comfortably.
“I feel there were chances for certain players to get on the ball and make things happen but they didn’t.
“Overall, I’ve been in that situation where Villa are now. You’re safe from relegation, to get into the top-six is very, very hard. You’re sort of in no man’s land.
“The season fizzles out as much as you don’t want it to. Managers will say to players ‘We don’t want it to fizzle out.’ Sometimes it just does.
“You look at the next game against Everton who are fighting for Europe. It’s going to be a tough game.
“As long as Dean Smith can see in the performances that his players are trying he’ll be happy.”