Aston Villa debutant Jordan Amavi was in fine form as Tim Sherwood’s men opened their Premier League campaign with a gritty 1-0 victory over newly-promoted Bournemouth.
Plenty of questions have been asked of Villa’s prospects this season following a radical summer of change which has seen over 20 players either come or go, including Christian Benteke and Fabian Delph.
Over £40 million has been spent by The Villans on new players, and they lined up against Bournemouth with five fresh faces making their official debut for the club.
Among those was new left-back Jordan Amavi, one of Villa’s most expensive summer recruits after the 21-year-old opted to trade Ligue 1 side Nice for a shot at the Premier League.
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And as per the table provided by Opta Stats, his debut couldn’t have gone much better as the youngster put in a wonderful defensive performance in keeping an energetic Bournemouth side under wraps.
The 21-year-old recorded four tackles, five interceptions, three effective clearances, eight ball recoveries and a highly impressive 10 defensive duel winners.
Furthermore, Amavi displayed a good range of passing and excelled in joining the attacks from deep, recording a team-high four successful take-ons as he really dominated the left flank.
It was a performance full of promise from Villa’s new signings, especially in the second period, and one which was rewarded with victory courtesy of fellow debutant Rudy Gestede firing in a header.
Tougher challenges lie ahead for Sherwood and his men, but the pleasing aspect will be how quickly the club’s new players gelled as a unit and stood up to everything the Cherries threw at them.