The 21-year-old left-back made his claret and blue bow in Tuesday night's 2-0 friendly win at Swindon Town.
Aston Villa FC (@AVFCOfficial) July 21, 2015
After recording a 3-1 defeat to Fulham and 0-0 draw with SC Braga during their two-week training camp in Portugal, Villa began their first match back on English soil in imposing fashion, creating several opportunities in the opening stages.
They eventually found the breakthrough just before the half-hour when Gabby Agbonlahor teed up Scott Sinclair for a simple finish after the hosts failed to deal with Alan Hutton’s ball into the box.
Sherwood’s men continued to look sharp as the match wore on but it took them until the 82nd-minute to double their lead thanks to substitute Jerell Sellars, who capitalised on some poor defending to mark his first senior appearance with a goal.
It was fellow debutant Amavi who stole most of the headlines, though, as the French left-back showed clear glimpses of the talent that saw him labelled one of Ligue 1’s most exciting prospects during his 78-minute run-out.
Arriving from Nice at the weekend, the Under-21 international looked excellent going forward during the first-half and delivered one teasing cross in particular which would have been finished on another night.
He also impressed with his defensive work as the match wore on and, while there were one or two moments when he proved a tad wasteful possession, it was certainly a more than encouraging outing.
Having cost a reported £10 million, there are big expectations for the promising defender in the Midlands and, judging from the reaction of Villa’s Twitter-based fans on the night, he has gotten off to a solid start.
Jordan Amavi put in a good cross. WE HAVE SOMEONE WHO CAN CROSS THE BALL.— Hugh Jass (@RichardYallop) July 21, 2015
Already like this Amavi fellow.— 7500 To Holte (@7500toHolte) July 21, 2015
Amavi looks quality, loved him since day one— Matty (@MattyBirdyAVFC_) July 21, 2015
Amavi looks decent so far, his first touch looks excellent & he has pace to burn #avfc— Garin Williams (@GarinWilliams) July 21, 2015
Amavi really impressing already! Trying things that our previous full backs could only dream of. #avfc— Luke Jackson (@lukeybaby1990) July 21, 2015
I know it's early to say this but Amavi looks quality #avfc— La Roca Sànchez (@RichardsTheRock) July 21, 2015
Amavi is some next level wall, guy is going to be so important to us this season— Switch (@XGN_Switch) July 21, 2015
Amavi looks as sharp as Jimmy Hill's chin. Agile and tight to the ball - polar opposite of Cissokho. #AVFC— Daniel Williams (@WanDilliams) July 21, 2015
Amavi knows how to tackle. Phenomenal for a left back in Villa colours #AVFC— MattVillan (@dvtavfc) July 21, 2015
Like the look of Amavi, know he's only playing against Swindon but has all attributes to be an excellent player.— Andy (@Tebroc1991) July 21, 2015