Aston Villa will be looking to pick up their third win in a row this evening as they travel to Elland Road to take on Jesse Marsch’s Leeds United for their latest Premier League fixture.
Steven Gerrard’s side will be heading into the match with a lot of confidence having not only won their two previous games but also because they managed to score six goals and keep two clean sheets along the way.
One figure that started in their previous league game against Southampton but should be taken out of the side on this occasion is midfielder Jacob Ramsey.
Looking back to his performance against the Saints, with 77 minutes under his belt before being replaced by Leon Bailey, the midfielder had 41 touches of the ball but could only complete 22 passes which was made worse when you consider none of them were a cross, long ball or key pass.
He also only racked up one shot at goal, which was off target, showing that he didn’t have much of an impact in the game and was why his manager chose him to come off in the second half.
From a defensive point of view, the 20-year-old lost eight of the 13 duels he was involved in and ended up getting dribbled past on five occasions.
This ultimately earned the Englishman, who has been described as a “serious problem” by VERSUS, a campaign that champions the future of football, an underwhelming overall match rating of 6.5, making him the lowest-rated Villa player that started the game according to SofaScore.
Combine that with the fact that he has only won 43.9% of his aerial duels this season, which is lower than a significant number of his teammates at Villa Park, this could lead to tonight’s opponents purposely targeting him as the defensive weak link and giving him a tough time.
Leeds are fighting for survival and are desperate for every point they can get their hands on, so they will have to be strong in their attacks to get something out of the game, especially with Villa managing to keep two clean sheets in their past two games.
With that in mind and the fact that the Whites had 19 shots at goal in their previous league game against Leicester City, it could be worth Gerrard taking Ramsey out of the team if he thinks that would make his side tougher to play against for their opponents.