Aston Villa player ratings v Walsall: Debutant Gueye and Robinson impress

Callum Robinson bagged a first-half goal as Tim Sherwood's side drew 1-1 against neighbours Walsall in their fourth pre-season matchup.

Jed Steer 6/10 – Couldn’t do much about the deflected free-kick for Walsall's 44th-minute equaliser and was otherwise a spectator for most of the afternoon.

Alan Hutton 7/10 – Had few problems getting forward throughout the match and proved just as solid in defence.

Micah Richards 7/10 – Impressed again in his second straight game wearing the armband, marshalling the back four and proving almost unbeatable in the air.

Ciaran Clark 7/10 – Continuing right where he left off last term with a flawless pre-season so far. The centre-back partnership between him and Richards seems to be blossoming too.

Jordan Amavi 7/10 – A real terror down the left flank and didn’t shun his defensive duties either. Looks like he could be a real find so far.

Leandro Bacuna 6.5/10 – Given another start on the right wing, the versatile Dutchman looked sharper than in the previous three pre-season matchups but his end product was again found lacking.

Ashley Westwood 7/10 – Consistently solid in holding things down behind Gueye and even showed a few bright moments going forward, including with a long-range blast which sailed just over the bar.

Idrissa Gueye 7.5/10 – An impressive debut from the Senegal international. Passing and movement in the final third was excellent, while he also tested the opposition keeper with a couple of long-range efforts. Looks like he has goals in him.

Scott Sinclair 7/10 – Linked up well with Aamvi on the flank, as his pace and drive kept the home side’s defence on its toes. Frustrated at times with his poor decision-making but an encouraging outing overall.

Libor Kozak 7/10 – Movement off the ball was fantastic and set up Robinson’s 22nd-minute strike with a left wing cross. Also should have earned a spot-kick just before the hour after being man-handled in the area. With Benteke now gone, the fit-again front man is making a good case for a big role in Sherwood’s plans.

Callum Robinson 8/10 – After an underwhelming start to pre-season, the promising striker looked like Villa’s most dangerous attacking outlet on the afternoon. Produced a clever touch to bag the opener and pulled the Walsall defence all over the place at times with his running. Even showed his strength holding up the ball for Kozak when needed.


Jordan Lyden (Gueye 64) 6/10 – No real moments of note but showed some decent touches on the ball and didn’t look at all out of place in the centre of the park.

Jerell Sellars (Robinson 79) 6.5/10 – Villa’s star of pre-season again showed his promise, producing a dazzling run through the opposition defence towards the end which ended with his cutback pass just evading Sinclair.

Lewis Kinsella (Amavi 84) 6/10 – A short cameo at left-back as the match reached its closing stages.

Register for ASTON VILLA team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch