Aston Villa began life without Christian Benteke and Fabian Delph with a 1-1 pre-season draw at local rivals Walsall on Saturday afternoon.
It was academy product Callum Robinson who drew first blood for the visitors after 22 minutes, producing a deft touch to control Libor Kozak’s cross and slot home from close range.
However, shortly before the break, Walsall found an equaliser after Anthony Forde's free-kick took a wicked deflection before finding the corner of the net.
Despite the result, Aston Villa fans have revealed their elation at the performance of summer signing Idrissa Gueye.
The 25-year-old, who joined the Midlands outfit on a four-year deal from Lille, emerged at the centre of the action as Tim Sherwood's side were held at the Banks's Stadium.
Tipped as the man to replace departed captain Fabian Delph, big things are expected of the Senegal international, who has been capped 18 times by his country. But can Gueye fill the big void left at Aston Villa and win over a fanbase who will be eager to move on from the Delph transfer saga?
Here is how Twitter reacted to Gueye's impressive pre-season display:
So far from the New Boys: Amavi is the interception king. Gueye is made of iron. #AVFC— The Holte (@TheHolteTweets) July 25, 2015
Idrissa Gueye can pick a pass, that's for sure. #avfc— Heart Of The Holte (@HeartOfTheHolte) July 25, 2015
Gueye's movement has been superb. Kozak linking the play and first touch has been impeccable #avfc— Dale Birch⚡️ (@BattleBorn__) July 25, 2015
Gueye looking like the player Delph would be at 100%. #AVFC— The Holte (@TheHolteTweets) July 25, 2015
At Banks stadium- Gueye , Amavi , Richards and Kozak standing out. Good finish from Robinson #AVFC— AVFC Transfer Tweet (@AVFCTransTweet) July 25, 2015
Decent first half from everyone with Gueye & Amavi looking classy & Kozak & Robinson linking up well!— Julie Bayley (@JulieBayleyIFA) July 25, 2015
@Chrsmo Amavi looked superb as did Gueye which proves Sherwood acting well in market.— AVFC Transfer Tweet (@AVFCTransTweet) July 25, 2015
@avf_cnewsnow Lots of positives for me - Amavi wants the ball constantly - him & Gueye look classy - so many interceptions Need to be more— Julie Bayley (@JulieBayleyIFA) July 25, 2015
Wasn't impressed with Amavi today. Gueye, however, looked very good for his first game. Robinson also impressed. Still way short, mind #avfc— Ashley Preece (@Ashley_Preece) July 25, 2015
Pretty uninspiring #avfc performance & sat in front of morons, but pleased to see Kozak back & Robinson score. Gueye looks a decent buy.— Liz Owen (@LizOwen92) July 25, 2015
First view of Gueye was positive, looked good, can't wait to see him tested in a proper game #avfc Richards & Amavi good too...— Gareth Edwards (@garethedwards74) July 25, 2015