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Aston Villa star James Chester lives up to his £8 million price tag, and then some

Villa player James Chester in action during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Middlesbrough at Villa Park on September 12, 2017 in Birmingham, England.

Aston Villa defender James Chester was terrific as his side dug in at Elland Road.

Villa player James Chester in action during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Middlesbrough at Villa Park on September 12, 2017 in Birmingham, England.

Aston Villa fought back to claim a draw away to Leeds United in a closely contested Championship fixture.

Henri Lansbury's second half goal cancelled out Pontus Jansson's header, who beat Christopher Samba to the corner.

Samba's central defensive partner James Chester on the other hand, was near immaculate throughout the game.

James Chester of Aston Villa acknowledges the fans following the Sky Bet Championship match between Queens Park Rangers and Aston Villa at Loftus Road on December 18, 2016 in London,...

Villa paid £8 million to sign Chester from West Bromwich Albion in 2016, and he has established himself as a regular in their side.

Last night against Leeds he was brilliant, and shut out lively striker Caleb Ekuban.

Chester's solid defending paid off as Leeds grew tired, and Villa's midfield got back into the game.

  TeamPassing AccuracyWon TacklesInterceptionsBall RecoveriesAerial Duels WonShots BlockedEffective ClearanceMins Played
James Chester Aston Villa 84% 3 2 10 3 1 10 90

Chester made 10 clearances, while also winning the ball back for his side on 10 separate occasions.

He blocked one direct shot at goal and was effective in possession, completing 84 per cent of his passes.

The 28-year-old Wales international has now made 20 starting appearances for the Villans this season in the Championship, an ever present in Steve Bruce's starting line-up.

The fee the club paid for him looks good value, and if Villa do go on and win promotion, Chester will have played a big part.

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