Aston Villa team news: Cissokho should be replaced by Amavi

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20th Aug, 2016 | 1:27pm

Senior trio axed in Di Matteo 4-2-3-1: Aston Villa best possible XI to face Derby

By Amir Mir

Roberto Di Matteo should make three changes for the clash against Derby on Saturday evening.

The Aston Villa manager needs to axe Aly Cissoko, Leandro Bacuna and Ashley Westwood from the team that drew 1-1 against Huddersfield in midweek.

Villa have produced mixed performances this season, with their only win against Rotterham last Satuday.

They failed to take their chances against Huddersfield on Tuesday and were duly punished, after yet another mistake from Pierluigi Gollini which led to the Terriers equaliser.

But, while fans will give the 21-year-old time to settle in at Villa Park, the same cannot not be said about the experienced trio of Westwood, Bacuna and Cissokho.

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Westwood, 26 does not provide the bite required in the middle of the park, nor can you rely upon him to be creative or get goals.

Therefore, the best possible solution is to replace him with new signing Mile Jedinak who can produce commanding performances and ensure his midfielders get on top of the opposition in the most critical of times.

Both Cissokho and Bacuna have produced lacklustre performances since joining the club, nor is it clear what attributes or strengths they both bring to the team.

In left-back Jordan Amavi, Villa get a balanced and technical performance going forward and back for the team, which has seen the Frenchman become a firm fan favourite at the club.

Jordan Lyden, albeit still inexperienced will bring a much stronger defensive play than Bacuna, who constantly finds himself out of position at right-back.

The attackers Jack Grealish, Ross McCormack, Jordan Ayew and Rudy Gestede pick themselves in this team, but Di Matteo does need to add cover for his squad.

Additionally, the Italian should consider adding more defensive cover, in particular at right-back, with the current options not suiting the team going forward.

Tommy Elphick is beginning to show the leadership qualities which was severely lacking for the team last season, as both James Chester and Nathan Baker battle it out for a regular first-team place.

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