It hasn’t been a good start to the 2015/16 campaign for Villa, but that’s not to say that they’ve individually underperformed – quite the contrary in regards to Westwood.
The former Crewe Alexandra star has been Villa’s standout performer this season, topping the club’s charts in chances created via key passes as well as accurate crosses.
Predominantly a deep-lying playmaker, Westwood has been on set-piece duty for Villa and his delivery for the most part has been outstanding – an area in which Sherwood’s men have failed to capitalise on.
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As per the table provided by Opta Stats, Westwood currently ranks as the joint-best crosser of the ball in terms of numbers so far this season yet there is one who boasts a slightly better average.
Southampton’s Tadic has also provided 19 accurate crosses this season, yet having played one game less the Serbian attacking midfielder has a better cross-per-game record.
The 26-year-old, bought from FC Twente in 2014, was the first player to join under Ronald Koeman’s stewardship on the South Coast and his debut season couldn’t have gone much better.
The Saints qualified for the Europa League and despite losing yet more players last summer, they appear on course to once again challenge for a top six spot.
Tadic has netted three times in seven Premier League starts, though his biggest impact so far this season has been his wonderful crossing ability and his growing understanding with star striker Graziano Pelle.