Without the guidance of manager Steven Gerrard in the dugout after testing positive for the current global virus, Aston Villa had the tough task of taking on Chelsea at Villa Park in their latest Premier League outing.
A Reece James own goal put Villa ahead in the first half, only for two Jorginho penalties and a goal from Romelu Lukaku to secure the win for Thomas Tuchel’s side.
In terms of individual performances for Villa, one player that stood out as being particularly disappointing on the day, arguably more so than Tyrone Mings who was at fault for Lukaku’s goal, was attacker Emiliano Buendia, who started behind strikers Ollie Watkins and Danny Ings.
Before being replaced by Carney Chukwuemeka after 74 minutes, Buendia failed to have any sort of impact for the team in an attacking or defensive regard.
Offensively, the Argentine only managed to complete 26 of the 37 passes he attempted, losing the ball on 17 occasions and making no key passes, crosses, long balls or any shots at goal.
Buendia didn’t have much of an impact from a defensive point of view either, losing both of the duels he was involved in and not making a single tackle, clearance or interception.
This display earned the 25-year-old, who is currently earning a weekly wage of £82k-per-week according to Salary Sport, an overall match rating of 6.3/10, making him one of Villa’s lowest-rated players on the day from SofaScore, showing that he was Gerrard’s weak link on this occasion.
Moving forward, with Villa’s next league match against Leeds United postponed, meaning they will be back in action next weekend with an away clash against Brentford, this would be a great chance for Buendia to have a good rest and get fully prepared for the game and hopefully put in a better performance than the one he delivered against Chelsea.
Even though the Argentine has started 12 of the 17 Premier League games he’s appeared in for Villa so far this season since arriving in the summer from Norwich City, if he doesn’t fix up his performances and starts adding some regular goals and assists to his record, then he could find himself out of the team.
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