£25m-rated player outshone by 16-year-old: Three things we learned from Aston Villa loss v Fulham
COMMENT by Amir Mir
Football Insider analyses the three talking points after Aston Villa suffer a 3-1 defeat against Fulham on Easter Monday.
Kodjia to miss Birmingham clash
It was an utterly stupid decision from Jonathan Kodjia to react to Ryan Fredericks’ sly kick at him while the Fulham player went to the ground. Kodjia’s reaction kick and sending off at, Fredricks means Villa’s star man will now miss the final three matches of the season, including the crucial encounter against Birmingham this Sunday.
Amavi outshone by Sessegnon
Both Jordan Amavi and Ryan Sessegnon are left-backs, who have played in more advanced positions this season. 16-year-old sensation Sessegnon, who found the back of the net against Villa, did just that on Easter Monday. Meanwhile, Amavi played in a wing-back role and was truly outshone by his counterpart. Sessegnon’s reading of the game, positional play and calmness on the ball is outstanding for a player of his age. By contrast, Amavi couldn’t even control the ball correctly during the game as he produced a horror display. At the start of the season, Villa owner Tony Xia stated that the club rejected a £25million offer for the Frenchman. Well, they will be regretting that decision now.
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Reaction needed for Birmingham game
Villa have been extremely poor in their last two matches and simply need to buck up their ideas and produce the goods against Birmingham this Sunday. Promotion may be out of the window but Steve Bruce’s side needs to put in a performance and record a win against their bitter rivals. A point or even a defeat simply won’t be expected. Amavi needs to be axed for that match as Bruce should revert to his usual 4-3-3 formation.
In other Aston Villa news, the club are in a four-way chase for this £4million-rated midfielder.