Aston Villa followed on from their 4-0 thumping of Southampton last weekend with another convincing Premier League victory, this time against Leeds United at Elland Road which ended with Steven Gerrard’s side securing three points and a 3-0 scoreline.
Philippe Coutinho opened the scoring for the away side in the first half before two of Villa’s defenders – Matty Cash and Calum Chambers – got their names on the scoresheet in the second period of the game.
Despite the victory, which is now the first time that the Midlands club have won three consecutive Premier League games without conceding since a run of four in December 2009 under Martin O’Neill, not every Villa player put in a solid performance.
With two of the club’s January recruits grabbing a goal against Jesse Marsch’s side, it was another winter arrival that arguably let the team down.
Having missed the Southampton game, left-back Lucas Digne was put straight back in by Gerrard but couldn’t deliver the same sort of strong performance as some of his teammates did.
In 90 minutes, the Frenchman had 77 touches of the ball but only completed 35 passes, misplacing six crosses and one long ball, losing possession of the ball on 18 occasions in total.
He also failed to complete any of the three dribbles he attempted.
From a defensive point of view, the former Everton figure made no tackles throughout the game and lost 82% of the duels he was involved in.
This overall display ultimately earned the 28-year-old an uninspiring overall match rating of 6.8, making him the second-lowest rated player that started in a Villa shirt on the day according to SofaScore.
Birmingham Live also picked up on some of the full-back’s slackness in possession at times by saying that he was “sloppy on occasion” in the first half of the clash.
Even though his side kept their third clean sheet in a row, Gerrard will now be making sure that his players don’t let any complacency creep in, particularly at the back, which means that Digne will have to make sure he doesn’t become a problem for the side.
Moving forward, if the defender keeps delivering performances like the one he put in last night, he could be in danger of losing his place in the team to someone like Ashley Young who has played in that position before.