10 duels won, nine dribbles: Jordan Amavi catches the eye for Aston Villa

The 21-year-old left-back showed why the club paid a reported £10 million for his signature this summer during Friday night's 1-0 home defeat to Manchester United.

After a stellar debut performance in last weekend’s Premier League opener at Bournemouth, Aston Villa new boy Jordan Amavi put in another eye-catching display during Friday night’s first home game of the season against Manchester United.

Despite a commendable defensive showing, the claret and blues’ hopes of recording a first win over United at Villa Park since 1995 ended in disappointment in front of a sell-out crowd, as Adnan Januzaj’s deflected 29th-minute strike proved enough to hand the visitors all three points.

Tim Sherwood’s new look side featured five summer signings in the starting line-up and their lack of game time together certainly showed in the attacking third, as new additions Jordan Veretout and Jordan Ayew both appeared off the pace, while Idrissa Gueye proved far too wasteful when it came to making the final pass.

Nevertheless, there were clear positives for Sherwood to take from the game, with Amavi overshadowing his fellow Ligue 1 graduates with a performance which gave the home crowd good reason to be excited about his future.

The French left-back stood out as Villa’s star man throughout the 90 minutes, looking exceptional going forward and also putting in an impressive defensive shift to keep Matteo Darmian and Juan Mata quiet.

He managed to rack up some exceptional statistics too, winning a match-leading 10 duels and recording 80 touches of the football along with nine dribbles down the left flank – three more than any other player during the match.

 Vs Manchester United Total CrossesTotal TacklesDuels WonDuel SuccessInterceptionsTotal DribblesTotal PassesPassing AccuracyTouchesBall RecoveriesDispossessedMins Played
Jordan Amavi 3 3 10 71% 5 9 40 80% 80 10 0 90

The former winger's hot start to life at Villa comes after he completed a £10 million switch from Nice last month, having established himself as one of the French top-flight's most exciting talents and attracted reported interest from the likes of Arsenal earlier this summer [h/t Daily Mail].

Compared in style to Patrice Evra, his two-way display against his compatriot's old club certainly looked like that of a Premier League veteran and, if he continue to produce the same kind of performances, then Villa's noted left-back problems will be a thing of the past.

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