COMMENT by Amir Mir
Jonathan Kodjia may be providing the goals and creative spark for Aston Villa this season, but it is his fellow summer arrival James Chester who is proving to be the best buy.
Centre-back Chester has played every minute for the Midlands club this term following his £9 million move from West Brom.
His performances on the pitch are beginning to outshine those of his attacking teammate Kodjia, who has become a popular figure at Villa Park.
While forward Kodjia dazzles the crowd with his silky skills and great goals, it is Chester’s defensive qualities that are now beginning to shine through.
The 27-year-old is no doubt showing signs that he is too good to play in the second-tier, with his ability to read the game so quickly and being that calming influence at the back.
Whenever a dangerous ball, or an attacker is running at the Villa backline, then you can rely upon Chester to deal with that threat swiftly and very quickly.
This form comes as no surprise as the Welshman produced these performances for his home country on a bigger stage during their successful Euro 2016 campaign.
Now, if Steve Bruce’s side are to clinch a top six spot at the end of the season then Chester’s performances at the back will no doubt play a huge role in that success.
He has helped Villa keep five clean sheets during his 19 games, but those numbers will no doubt increase as the season progresses.
In other Aston Villa news, Steve Bruce must select this 21-year-old in the starting line-up against Norwich.