Aston Villa midfielder Jordan Veretout feeling more comfortable working with Remi Garde

The 22-year-old Frenchman has played every minute of the former Lyon manager's first four games in charge.

Aston Villa midfielder Jordan Veretout has told AVTV that he believes new manager Remi Garde’s familiar style of coaching has been behind his recent improvement in form.

The 22-year-old Frenchman joined Villa from Ligue 1 side Nantes in July for a reported £8 million fee but proceeded to endure a slow start to life in the Midlands, as he struggled to hold down a regular place in the now-departed Tim Sherwood’s side.

However, he has finally begun to find his feet since former Lyon boss Garde replaced Sherwood at the helm last month, and having settled into a central role alongside Carlos Sanchez and Idrissa Gana, has not missed a single minute of action in his compatriot’s first four games in charge.

As well as looking more comfortable with the pace of English football, the former Under-21 international has notched a couple of assists from set pieces over the past two games against Watford and Southampton, while he has also started to show clear glimpses of the attacking skills that helped establish him among the French top-flight’s star prospects.

One of Villa’s standout players in recent weeks along with Jordan Ayew, it is seemingly no coincidence that his improvement has coincided with Garde’s arrival, and the former Nantes man admits that he has felt much more comfortable working under an ex-Ligue 1 manager because of the similarities to the coaching he received back at his old club.

“The way he works is very different to the last manager,” said Veretout, who recorded a career-high seven goals and seven assists in 36 league games last season. “It’s more like the way I worked in Nantes last year. The training sessions are far closer to those I was used to in France.

“He’s a very good coach. I knew him from his time at Lyon and thought he was a very good coach.

“Of course, it gives me confidence. I find that, as times goes on, it’s growing little by little. I’ve got more confidence in myself and in my game.”

2015-16 Premier League GoalsAssistsKey PassesPassing AccuracyTotal CrossesCrossing AccuracyTotal TacklesTackle AccuracyInterceptionsDispossessedAppearancesMins Played
Jordan Veretout 0 2 12 83% 25 36% 12 92% 10 3 9 637

Despite Veretout’s recent performances, Villa still remain marooned at the bottom of the Premier League table with just six points from 15 games and find themselves cut seven points adrift of safety ahead of hosting second-place Arsenal on Sunday lunchtime.

Without a victory since beating Bournemouth 1-0 on the opening day, their chances of ending that 14-match winless run this weekend do not look promising given that the Gunners have lost none their last 16 top-flight visits to Villa Park, but the midfielder believes that both the 0-0 draw with Manchester City and 1-1 draw at Southampton under Garde show that a turnaround is not far off.

“It’s a really good team but we know we can play well, too” Veretout told AVTV. “We showed that against Manchester City. We need to repeat that performance to get a result.

"We were happy with our performance against Southampton too. We go into the Arsenal game with belief and look to pick up a successful result.

"I believe we are a really good team. We're going to hold our heads up and aim to move up the table - hopefully starting with a good result on Sunday.”

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