Aston Villa won 4-0 against Sunderland on Saturday and the player who really stood out was their makeshift right-back.
Aston Villa returned to goal-scoring form in fine fashion this weekend, with Christian Benteke and Gabriel Agbonlahor both doing what has not come naturally in recent times, each scoring a brace in a 4-0 win against Sunderland.
As a result it is no surprise that the strike duo have garnered the majority of the headlines, along with 16-year-old debutant Rushian Hepburn-Murphy who became the fourth-youngest player ever to turn out in the Premier League.
But none of those were Villa’s standout player on Saturday; that honour must go to makeshift right-back Leandro Bacuna.
The Dutchman is more regularly used on the right wing, but Villa manager Tim Sherwood played him further back and watched the 23-year-old excel.
Bacuna crossed for Benteke to open the scoring and he would later provide another assist for the Belgian international, doubling his tally for the season in just 45 minutes.
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The Villa right-back looked a threat throughout, having one shot of his own (although it failed to hit the target) and playing a total of three key passes in the match.
Bacuna went on four dribbles in total but he did not forget his defensive responsibilities, winning an impressive eight duels and three tackles while also making three effective clearances.
In short, Villa's latest full-back deserves plenty of credit, on a day when his impact could have easily been lost in the headlines generated by his teammates.