Aston Villa player ratings v Norwich: Jordan Veretout one of few bright spots in loss

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Goals from Jonny Howson and Dieumerci Mbokani saw Remi Garde's men fall to a 2-0 defeat on Monday afternoon at Carrow Road.

Brad Guzan 6/10 – Couldn’t do much about either goal but almost committed a terrible clanger after spilling a Nathan Redmond shot in the second half. Still, Villa have bigger problems than him at the moment.

Alan Hutton 5/10 – Caught in no man’s land in the lead-up to Mbokani’s 87th-minute strike and failed to make the most of his attacking efforts.

Micah Richards 5/10 – The skipper was back in the line-up after four games out with a knee problem but this was a performance he'll want to forget. His positioning was all other the place and he lost his marker in the lead-up to the opener. Calls for him to be moved to right-back are starting to gain traction.

Ciaran Clark 4.5/10 – A nightmare return to the side, as the Republic of Ireland international was caught out of position on both Norwich goals and committed a string of other errors. What happened to his form of last season?

Leandro Bacuna 5/10 – Kept at left-back despite Richardson getting a start, the Dutchman once again showed why a proper replacement for the injured Jordan Amavi is desperately needed.

Ashley Westwood 6/10 – Certainly not Villa’s worst player on the day but simply didn’t offer enough on either side of the ball. Garde’s side need difference makers at this point and he’s failed to prove he can be one of those throughout his time in the Midlands.

Idrissa Gana 5/10 – Too lightweight in the centre of the park and nowhere near incisive enough going forward. The impressive start he made to life at Villa seems like an age ago now.

Scott Sinclair 5/10 – Rarely troubled Norwich before being replaced by Adama just before the hour mark.

Jordan Veretout 7/10 – The only Villa midfielder who showed an ounce of creativity on the afternoon. Guaranteed to be off next summer unless the club somehow pull off an historic escape act.

Kieran Richardson 5/10 – A bizarre choice to start on the wing over Adama, Grealish or Carles Gil, the versatile veteran showed nothing to suggest his selection was warranted.

Jordan Ayew 6.5/10 – Tried as hard as he could to make something happen but suffered from a lack of service as a lone front man. Will miss the Sunderland game after picking up a booking in the closing stages.

SUBSTITUTES

Adama Traore (Sinclair 58) 6.5/10 – Showed several flashes of his potential with some jinking runs and teasing crosses, but whether it will be enough to earn him more minutes going forward remains to be seen.

Rudy Gestede (Bacuna 69) 6/10 – Provided plenty of energy, but like Ayew, didn’t get the service he needed to pull Villa back into the game.

Jack Grealish (Veretout 80) 6/10 – Didn’t get enough time on the pitch to make a difference.

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