Aston Villa saw a run of three consecutive Premier League victories come to an end in the capital as Steven Gerrard’s side lost 2-1 to West Ham on Sunday afternoon.
It took 70 minutes for the deadlock to be broken as winger Andriy Yarmolenko controlled teammate Said Benrahma’s pass nicely and executed an exquisite finish which was followed by emotional celebrations from the Ukrainian.
The hosts’ lead was doubled 12 minutes later by Pablo Fornals but Jacob Ramsey gave Villa hope late on, but it wasn’t to be for the West Midlands outfit.
It certainly wasn’t a woeful performance from the Villans, however, midfielder Douglas Luiz was particularly underwhelming given his usual high standards.
According to SofaScore, the Brazilian offered little at both ends of the pitch, producing zero shots whilst also failing to make a single block or tackle.
Moreover, the 23-year-old made zero dribble attempts whilst failing to complete a single long ball or cross at the London Stadium.
Also, 62 touches made during the 79 minutes in which he was on the pitch for is arguably a low tally for someone who is usually such a presence under Gerrard.
On a positive note, the midfielder did win most of his duels with a 60% success rate and also enjoyed an 89% passing accuracy with one key pass produced.
However, it was certainly an off day for the Brazilian, whose side are still targeting a top-half finish in the Premier League with the Villans sat in ninth.
To achieve that feat would certainly show signs of progress for the West Midlands club, who haven’t finished in the top ten of the Premier League since their ninth-place finish in 2010/11. Yet, they will need more from their Brazilian enforcer who may just have cost them in the race for top half this afternoon.
From a personal perspective, Luiz will certainly want to put Sunday’s performance and result behind him, with the 23-year-old once again a kingpin for Aston Villa alongside Jacob Ramsey and John McGinn in the midfield this season with the Brazilian accumulating 24 appearances in the top-flight so far this term.
Although, the aforementioned trio, as well as the injured Marvelous Nakamba, will have to be wary of seeing a drop in their performances with Gerrard very likely to push to sign a top midfielder in the summer, with Brighton’s Yves Bissouma a player regularly linked to Villa Park.