'We know there's more' - Exclusive: Whelan claims Aston Villa mainstay must up his game
Aston Villa star Ahmed Elmohamady needs to up his game after the opening fixtures of the Premier League season, according to Noel Whelan.
The former Leeds striker and Championship expert, speaking in an exclusive interview with Football Insider, says that the Egyptian international has failed to live up to his usual high standards at Villa Park after playing in three of the club’s four games so far.
The 31-year-old started the first two matches and came on as a substitute against Everton, while he also played the full 90 minutes in the League Cup clash against Crewe, captaining the side.
However, Whelan thinks the former Hull City and Sunderland player has not done enough in his appearances so far and that he needs to demonstrate more if he wants to avoid being left as an unused substitute, as was the case against Crystal Palace.
Asked who needed to up their game at Villa Park, Whelan told Football Insider: “Elmohamady, I think needs to. There’s more in him, he’s a great player and I know there’s more in him.
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“We know there’s more in him, he’s been a fantastic player for years and years at Aston Villa, I’ve been an admirer of his for a long time and I know he can do more in that final third.”
Elmohamady has played 168 times in the Premier League with Villa, Sunderland and Hull, scoring five goals during his time in England’s top flight.
He has been a trusted player under Dean Smith since the manager’s arrival at Villa Park, playing 34 times as both a right-back and right-sided midfielder.