Jonas Olsson: Hopefully Joleon Lescott doesn’t have a good game against West Brom

West Brom take on Aston Villa this weekend, with Joleon Lescott set to start against his former side.

Lescott made a deadline day switch from West Brom to Villa, and Jonas Olsson has told the Express and Star that he wants the centre-back to have a poor game this weekend when the two Midlands rivals face off.

Speaking ahead of the game at Villa Park, Olsson said: “You have friends in the team and they play for a rival team the next day – it is nothing new, that is football. He [Lescott] will have a great few years at Villa because he is a still a very good player and a good professional. Hopefully he won’t have too good a game on Saturday. He is a nice guy and did really well for us. I wish him all the best there. I’m sure he will do very well for them.”

Lescott moved to Villa on deadline day, having seen his playing time limited at West Brom this season. His playing chances were not to set to improve either, with Jonny Evans arriving at the Hawthorns after signing from Manchester United.

The 33-year-old spent just one season at the club, having moved from Manchester City last term, and he went straight into the Villa first-team last weekend to make his debut.

Lescott played the full game as Villa lost a two-goal lead to lose the game 3-2, and although three goals were conceded, the ageing defender did impress.

He won three tackles and four aerial duels, and looked a rock in the heart of the Villa defence.

If he performs with this kind of form this weekend, West Brom will face a challenge hitting the back of the net, and Olsson is right to want to see the centre-back struggle when the tie kicks of at Villa Park on Saturday.

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