Ron Vlaar: Simply not good enough against Southampton

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Taking a closer look at the Aston Villa defender's performance in the 6-1 defeat against Southampton.

Aston Villa’s recent fine form was forgotten in 90 crazy minutes at St Mary’s on Saturday.

Tim Sherwood’s side headed into the clash against Southampton after back-to-back victories against Everton and West Ham United, but by the time the final whistle blew, Ronald Koeman’s men had ran out 6-1 winners.

Ultimately - and perhaps inexplicably given the score-line - Villa secured their Premier League survival for another season when other results went their way, but one player in particular may have to hold his hands up and accept he has had far better afternoons.

Ron Vlaar disappointed against Southampton; the Dutchman failing to win a single tackle or make even one outfield block all match.

  Tackles WonOutfield BlocksErrors Leading To GoalsInterceptions WonDuels WonAerials WonPossession Lost AllMins Played
Ron Vlaar 0 0 1 2 3 2 3 90

When a centre-back of such experience fails to stamp his authority on a game, that is a great sign for the opposition; and so it proved as the Saints scored six and Villa had only a Christian Benteke consolation strike to take away with them.

Sadio Mane’s quick-fire treble may have caught the Villa defence – and the rest of us – by surprise, but were it not for a poor back-pass by Vlaar, the winger would not have had the chance to so quickly add to his opener.

With only two interceptions, three duels and two aerial battles won in the 90 minutes, quite simply the Villa centre-back did not do enough.

It remains to be seen where his future lies, but with performances like this, would Villa be better off without him?

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