Matt Lowton's season has not gone as he would have hoped so far, but he may well have played himself into contention for the remainder of the campaign with his performance against West Bromwich Albion on Tuesday night.
Lowton was drafted in at left-back and he was one of the star performers in Aston Villa's team, with his display catching the eye both offensively and defensively.
The former Sheffield United defender was combative when he needed to be and also provided an outlet to the team when they got forward.
His performance was a major reason behind Villa being able to pick up a 2-1 win over their near neighbours and he may well have played his way into Tim Sherwood's plans through his display.
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Lowton won seven of his defensive duels, made eight clearances and was also aerially dominant throughout.
The 25-year-old also got forward with quality - putting in two crosses for his teammates and embarking on two dribbles downfield.
It highlighted both sides to his game and Villa may be regretting not giving him more opportunities to impress this season.
Lowton has managed just seven outings to date this term, but he will be hoping to play a prominent role between now until May, as Villa look to move away from relegation danger.