Aston Villa's Idrissa Gana Gueye steals the show against Sunderland

The 25-year-old midfielder produced an excellent two-way performance in Saturday's 2-2 draw with Sunderland at Villa Park.

Idrissa Gana Gueye showed during Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Sunderland precisely why Aston Villa forked out around £9 million for his signature this summer.

After a largely underwhelming display in last weekend’s 1-0 defeat at Crystal Palace, the Senegalese midfielder looked back in top form against the Black Cats, as he ran the show from the centre of the park with an excellent all-round performance.

Always looking to drive forward, the 25-year-old was a bag full of energy on the afternoon, impressing with his passing and movement in the attacking third, while never shirking a challenge either.

He may not have been able to inspire Tim Sherwood's side to the result they wanted – despite their 21 shots compared to the visitors’ seven, but the ex-Lille man still managed to put up some outstanding statistics in his 90-minute run-out.

 Vs Sunderland Key PassesTotal PassesPassing AccuracyTotal TacklesDuels WonDuel SuccessInterceptionsTotal DribblesDribble AccuracyTouchesBall RecoveriesMins Played
Idrissa Gueye 5 76 86% 2 12 52.17% 3 7 50% 107 15 90

As well as completing 86 per cent of his 76 passes, Gana won 12 duels and created a match-leading five chances, while also recording two tackles, three interceptions, seven dribbles, 107 touches of the football and a formidable 15 ball recoveries – five more than his nearest rival, midfield teammate Carlos Sanchez.

Pegged as Manchester City-bound Fabian Delph's successor ahead of the season, the former Ligue 1 star certainly looked like a more than suitable replacement for the departed skipper in his fourth appearance for the club and could well add a few goals to his game in the future given his penchant for getting into the area.

There are bound to be some teething problems over the coming months as he tries to get up to speed with the English game but, after his latest outing, it seems clear that the Senegal international has a bright future at Villa Park.

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