Newly-appointed Valencia coach Phil Neville has written on social networking site Twitter that Aston Villa star Idrissa Gueye will pick up plenty of bookings this season as he isn’t afraid to put himself about.
The defensive midfielder joined Villa from Ligue 1 outfit Lille this summer and has already made quite an impression with his tough tackling and no nonsense style of play.
Against Manchester United on Friday night, Gueye certainly wasn’t backing out of any challenges and his physical approach landed him in the referee’s notebook during the second half.
Watching on Sky TV from the comfort of his own home, Neville was commenting on the game on Twitter and predicted the Villa star to be shown plenty more yellows over the next nine months.
"Imagine Gueye going to get a few Yellow cards this season..." http://t.co/u1s2IBmI7s— Philip Neville (@fizzer18) August 14, 2015
Yet, in spite of his eagerness to be involved in the physical midfield battle, Gueye had a superb game considering United’s flair players were frequently allowed to dictate proceedings.
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As per the table provided by Opta Stats, the Senegal international actually bettered United’s summer signing Morgan Schneiderlin in three of the key midfield categories.
Gueye recorded five tackles, four interceptions, seven ball recoveries and an impressive nine defensive duel winners, six more than his French opponent.
Moreover, despite his side being starved of possession for long periods, the 25-year-old completed an impressive 45 accurate passes with his only low point being the number of fouls he committed.
On first showing, it appears that manager Tim Sherwood has got himself a wonderful talent on his hands and a player who has all the attributes needed to fill the void left behind by Fabian Delph.