Idrissa Gueye's first league performance for Villa suggests better things to come

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The new Aston Villa midfielder impressed against Bournemouth this weekend.

Aston Villa have made a number of new signings this summer, with many of those featuring for Tim Sherwood’s side against Bournemouth on Saturday.

Of all the new faces on show it was left-back Jordan Amavi who really stood out, while Rudy Gestede stole the headlines with the winning goal. But another new arrival also impressed in the form of Idrissa Gueye.

The 25-year-old central midfielder signed for Villa from French side Lille for an undisclosed fee earlier this summer and on the early evidence he is set to play a vital role for Sherwood’s side this season and beyond.

  Passing AccuracyTackles WonDuels WonInterceptions WonDispossessedBall RecoveriesShotsMins Played
Idrissa Gueye 80% 3 12 2 2 5 2 90

Against Bournemouth the Senegal player had a passing accuracy of 80 per cent and he won an impressive 12 duels during the 90 minutes. He also won three tackles, two interceptions and five ball recoveries and he was dispossessed just twice all afternoon.

Gueye is also a goal-threat, as his two shots proved, and while he failed to score on his league debut he should get a few in the coming months. He scored four and set up an additional three last season for Lille and there is every chance he could improve on that record at Villa Park.

So while Amavi and Gestede deserved the plaudits, Gueye showed he is not just there to make up the numbers…anything but, in fact.

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