Ranking Aston Villa's three 'Jordans' - Amavi, Veretout and Ayew

The three Ligue One recruits have had differing fortunes so far...

This summer has seen a host of arrivals at Villa Park, with Tim Sherwood recruiting no less than 10 players so far, and Ligue One has proved a fruitful hunting ground.

Jordan Amavi, Jordan Veretout and Jordan Ayew are three such players to make the switch from France and their arrivals were met with a wave of excitement.

Two games into the Premier League season is, of course, far too early to be casting judgement, but that’s exactly what we’ve done below – ranking the Villa ‘Jordans’ in order of how well they’ve adapted to life across the channel.

1) Jordan Amavi

The former Lille defender arrived to arguably the least fanfare of the three - due mainly to his less glamorous role as left-back - but has been easily the most impressive so far.

He has adapted seamlessly to the rigours of Premier League football - combining an energy and pace going forward with a diligence towards his defensive responsibility – and possesses real quality in the final third.

Standout signing so far.

2) Jordan Veretout

In what has mainly been a recruitment of athletes for Villa this summer, Veretout is the technican tasked with making sure things tick.

His transition from Nantes to the West Midlands has been relatively smooth and the Frenchman has looked composed for the most part.

He has been caught dallying on the ball at times, and gifted away possession too easily, but that’s to be expected as he gets up to speed with the English game.

The most gifted of the bunch.

3) Jordan Ayew

Finally we come to the less-esteemed Ayew brother, Jordan. The 23-year old arrived as the most expensive of the lot - costing Villa around £12 million, according to Sky Sports – but has so far failed to even hint at being ahead of his fellow Jordans.

He has started the last two Villa games but hasn’t justified keeping the dangerous Rudy Gestede out of the team and his lack of real pace or presence, coupled with his unspectacular technique, make him an unsual striker to define – especially when his goal-scoring record is considered.

The former Lorient man has never been prolific and last season’s return of 12 in 31 is the best of his career to date.


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