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Aston Villa player ratings v QPR: Summer signing becoming a hindrance on the team

By Amir Mir

Football Insider rates the Aston Villa players out of ten following their 1-0 win over QPR at Loftus Road on Sunday afternoon.

Mark Bunn 7 – The returning goalkeeper replaced Pierluigi Gollini between the sticks and he provided a difference. He stepped up and made the required saves when needed. But most importantly he brought a calmness to the side.

Alan Hutton 6 – Another workmanlike display from the right-back who continues to offer solidity going forward and back.

James Chester 8 – Outstanding display from the centre-back who dealt with a number of tricky situations during the game. He is fast becoming Villa’s best and most consistent player.

Nathan Baker 7 – Villa missed his presence and toughness at the back. He complements Chester perfectly at the back.

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Jordan Amavi 7 – The left-back provided a threat going forward, while also doing his job going back.

Albert Adomah 6 – A much better second-half display from the winger, who complements Hutton well on the right-hand side.

Mile Jedinak 8 – One of the best players on the pitch who throws everything at the ball in order to stop the ball entering Villa’s half or penalty area. The Australian will try to head and kick every ball.

Gary Gardner 6 – Decent display from the midfielder who had one of his better games in a Villa shirt. However, he still needs to do a lot more when going forward, but his forward passing is improving.

Leandro Bacuna 8 – Arguably the best player on the pitch. The versatile player kept the ball well, made the right passes, ran at QPR’s midfield and did a defensive job. Top quality display from Bacuna.

Ross McCormack 3 – The summer signing has not scored since September and that was evident at Loftus Road. He is now becoming a hindrance on the team because he is stopping the likes of Jack Grealish, who was on the bench from starting. The 30-year-old no longer offers nothing and must be sold.

Jonathan Kodjia 8 – Despite his missed penalty, the Ivory Coast international lead the line magnificently well. He made a brilliant run to score the only goal of the game and was once again one of Villa’s star players.


Gabby Agbonlahor – 5

Rudy Gestede – 5

Ashley Westwood – 5

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