With the Premier League season set to finish on Sunday afternoon, Dean Smith will have one final line-up to put out when Aston Villa take on Chelsea.
The Midlands club picked up an impressive three points away from home against Spurs in mid-week, with an own goal from Sergio Reguilon and a strike from Ollie Watkins enough to turn things around after they had initially fallen behind.
While a number of Villa’s players enjoyed some standout performances, one man who really struggled to get to the pace of the game was Anwar El Ghazi.
As per Sofascore, he finished with a 6.5 match rating, which was the lowest of any Villa player, and there were a number of times where he looked off the pace and a bit too lightweight.
He lost 13 duels on the day, which was by far the most of any player, and also lost possession 16 times, again the most of anyone who featured. The Dutchman also failed to complete any dribbles and committed three fouls as his frustrations got the better of him.
The £9m-rated El Ghazi has been in good form in recent weeks, with three goals in the five games prior to the win at Spurs, but with this being the final day and Villa guaranteed to finish 11th, Smith has the perfect opportunity to experiment with his starting line-up.
With Jaden Philogene-Bidace waiting in the wings for Villa, it’s surely the perfect time for Smith to drop one of his usual first team players and hand an opportunity to one of the club’s brightest young talents.
Villa have nothing to lose, and it’s about time Smith makes some brave decisions and looks towards the club’s future.