Who have been Aston Villa's most clinical, creative and defensively sound performers so far?

Aston Villa

Statistically, who have been Aston Villa's top performers so far this season?

Tim Sherwood's Aston Villa have made a steady start to the 2015/16 Premier League campaign. With four points from a possible 12 in their opening four games, the club occupy a respectable 12th place in the top flight table, one spot ahead of last season's champions - due to a superior goal difference. 

Throughout the following article, HITC Sport analyse the club's top performers from the first few weeks of the new campaign:

Most clinical: Following his heroics in the Villans' most recent draw with Sunderland, during which he scored twice, Scott Sinclair has cemented his place at the top of the club's goal scoring rankings. Meanwhile, he also boasts a phenomenal shot conversion rate of 67%, having averaged one attempt at goal per appearance, making him Tim Sherwood's most clinical attacker to date.

  PositionShots per AppShot Conversion (%)Total GoalsAppearances
Scott Sinclair MF 1 67 2 3
Rudy Gestede FW 3 8 1 4
Gabriel Agbonlahor FW 1.33 0 0 3

Most creative: Having weighed in with three key passes in his only appearance of the season so far, Alan Hutton boasts the best creative stats. However, if we are looking for the more consistent performer among Sherwood's ranks, Ashley Westwood remains the obvious choice. The Englishman have averaged 2.75 key passes appearance, while recording one assist.

  PositionKey Passes per AppTotal AssistsAppearances
Alan Hutton DF 3 0 1
Ashley Westwood MF 2.75 1 4
Idrissa Gueye MF 1.5 0 4

Most influential defensively: Having regained possession on 6.5 occasions per appearances, Jordan Amavi and Idrissa Gueye are tied for the crown of Aston Villa's most influential defender. Both players joined the club this summer, completing moves from Ligue 1 outfits Nice and Lille, respectively. Sherwood will undoubtedly be pleased by the early signs the duo are showing.

  PositionTackles and Interceptions Won per AppTackles Won per AppInterception Won per AppAppearances
Jordan Amavi DF 6.5 3.25 3.25 4
Idrissa Gueye MF 6.5 3.5 3 4
Micah Richards DF 5 1.5 3.5 4

Most accomplished distributor: Villa summer signing Idrissa Gueye has cemented his status as the club's most astute distributor of possession throughout the opening weeks of the season. Having averaged 47.25 passes per appearance in the centre of the park - completing 84% of his total attempts - none of Rosler's men have been more prolific. 

  PositionSuccess Passes per AppPass Completion (%)Appearances
Idrissa Gueye MF 47.25 84 4
Ashley Westwood MF 45.25 88 4
Alan Hutton DF 36 95 1

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