Aston Villa – Match Report vs. Wolves 27/06/20

Aston Villa lost a very important home match against Wolves with 0-1. They played in a different formation then they normally do, as they played in a 4-3-1-2 formation with Douglas Luiz as the deepest midfielder and Hourihane and Nakamba as the wide midfielders, opposed to the 5-3-2 formation of Wolves. The home team failed to create any chances due to the lack of creativity and quality on the field. Jack Grealish proved to not be in form and he normally is the creative outlet for Aston Villa.

Ratings

  • A1 – Very good, could play higher
  • A2 – Strong potential to play higher
  • B1 – Good, strong player at level
  • B2 – Potential to be strong player at level
  • C – Average for the level, rewatch
  • D – Below average in this match

Ezri Konsa

  • Nationality: English
  • Age: 22
  • Date of birth: 23/10/1997
  • Club: Aston Villa
  • Career: Charlton Athletic (Y), Brentford, Aston Villa
  • Position: central defender
  • Secondary position: right-back, defensive midfielder
  • Preferred foot: right

Ezri Konsa played as a right-back in this match and did not seem that confident in this position. He got subbed off after 59 minutes. On the ball, he did not look confident at all, especially when he got put under pressure. It did not help that he had a bad first touch in this match and that he occasionally looked very indecisive. He overhit a few through passes and lost the ball very often. Konsa showed good crossing ability and got his crosses in good areas but Aston Villa did not get dangerous from these crosses.

In defence, Konsa proved to have good physical ability as he is able to push the opponent off the ball and win physical duels. Hourihane covered the right wing often during the match, which left Konsa without a direct opponent as the two strikers of Wolves often stayed central and the left-back of Wolves first needed to get past Hourihane. The English defender did well to stay narrow and cover the center whenever Hause stepped out of the defensive line or was out of position.

Rating – B2

I don’t rate his performance, but I think he maybe could do better playing in a central role.

Douglas Luiz

  • Nationality: Brazilian
  • Age: 22
  • Date of birth: 09/05/1998
  • Club: Aston Villa
  • Career: Vasco da Gama, Manchester City, Girona (L), Aston Villa
  • Position: central midfield
  • Secondary position: defensive midfield and attacking midfield
  • Preferred foot: right

Douglas Luiz played as a defensive midfielder in this match in a four-man midfield. In possession, Douglas Luiz often dropped deep and played as a deep lying playmaker, being the main man in possession and starting a lot of attacks. The Brazilian did well to pass accurate but could be more progressive at times. He has a good passing technique, but could be more effective in the first phase of possession to really help Aston Villa building up. He scanned well when being put under pressure and managed to evade pressure by turning the right way.

He occasionally progressed higher up the pitch without the ball and in these situations, he liked to make a run in behind between the right/left central defender and right/left wing-back. He did not get found often but made good runs anyway. In defence, he positioned himself well to battle for the loose passes which allowed Aston Villa to recover possession quickly when Wolves cleared the ball. He had the tendency to drift wide without possession which often led to gaps that opened up centrally, though.

Rating – A1

In general, it was a good performance by Douglas Luiz and he should move to a Premier League club, if Aston Villa get relegated.

Keinan Davis

  • Nationality: English
  • Age: 22
  • Date of birth: 13/02/1998
  • Club: Aston Villa
  • Career: Stevenage (Y), Biggleswade Town, Aston Villa (Y), Aston Villa
  • Position: striker
  • Preferred foot: right

Keinan Davis played as a striker in a partnership with Samatta, but even though he showed some good signs, he proved to have some limitations to his game which could hinder him in the future. Without the ball, Davis worked very hard to put pressure on the back line of Wolves at the right times. He showed good acceleration, work-rate and determination in these situations. Keinan Davis was quite effective in putting pressure which helped Aston Villa recovering possession.

On the ball, he had to fight out a lot of duels with his back towards goal and his performance in these duels was quite impressive. He showed good physical ability to hold off opponents, hold up the ball and find the right passing option to help Aston Villa progress higher up the pitch. The English striker had good link-up play and he had a decent first touch before shielding the ball off using his good strength. However, in the final third he showed a lack of efficiency as his heading was nowhere near good enough and he should have been more actively trying to get into space in the final third.

Rating – B2

Could become a good player for Aston Villa and maybe for an even better team if he becomes more effective in the final third.

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