Belgian's early season form keeps him as top Villan despite recent struggles.
Though they haven't quite continued the end of season form that saw them stay up late on last year, Villa have performed pretty well, with a home victory over Man City the stand-out result. That they have been getting points without a fit Christian Benteke shows they are more than just the one man team of last season. Despite this, the big Belgian is still their highest rated player.
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Top 3 players so far – Aston Villa
1. Christian Benteke
Having reneged on a pre-season transfer request, Benteke won the Villa fans' hearts again with a two goal opening day salvo over Arsenal. Niggling injuries interrupted his first couple of months, but it won't be long till Benteke is back terrorising defences once again.
4 goals, App 9, Mins 687, Average index score 17, Home index score 63, Average home index 13,
Away 91, Average away index 23, Overall index score 155
El Ahmadi has seemingly won a regular starting spot in the Villa midfield after a series of strong displays. The Moroccan is much improved on last year, and his equaliser against Manchester City showed he could be a threat going forward to.
1 goal, App 10, Mins 770, Average index score 11, Home index score 53, Average home index 11,
Away 61, Average away index 12, Overall index score 114
3. Antonio Luna
The Spaniard was picked up for a bargain fee to fill Villa's problem left-back position, and at 22-years-old, and with Spanish youth caps to his name, it is looking like outstanding business. ''Tony Moon's'' runs down the left have been a feature of Villa's attacking play and he has linked up well with Gabriel Agbonlahor.
1 goal, App 9, Mins 765, Average index score 13, Home index score 41, Average home index 8,
Away 72, Average away index 18, Overall index score 113
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