The new Aston Villa boss made a statement by selecting a side fit for purpose against Manchester City.
When Remi Garde dropped Joleon Lescott against Manchester City, he made a statement. Unlike predecessor Tim Sherwood, it seems the new Aston Villa boss is genuinely interested in actually choosing the best team for the job.
And, with Ciaran Clark and Micah Richards impressing as a centre-back partnership, Lescott may struggle to break back into the side. The 33-year-old was woeful while playing on a weekly basis and will need to shape up if he wants to leave the bench.
Gabriel Agbonlahor was injured against Manchester City but you can't help but feel a manager as smart as Garde wouldn't have bothered starting him anyway.
There is a case for the new coach trying to get the best out of both Agbonlahor and Lescott - the best leaders work with what they have got and improve those out of form.
But there is very little Agbonlahor can offer on current form and is there seriously any place for him in the Aston Villa team anymore?
Heavily slated during Sherwood's time in charge, Ashley Westwood also missed out on the City game through injury but would similarly struggle to make the side were he fit.
The Aston Villa midfield functioned so much better without him. Carlos Sanchez received praise and Jordan Veretout even more. Garde may be able to utilise Westwood if he thinks tactically enough but the struggling 25-year-old's chances of playing regularly certainly aren't great.