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Aston Villa’s Carney Chukwuemeka fumbled his chance to impress Gerrard

Thursday night saw Aston Villa take on Burnley in an eventful game which ended as a 1-1 stalemate.

Emi Buendia was the main character in this week’s storyline for the hosts, having been involved in both goals.

He was responsible for the penalty which was slotted home by Ashley Barnes on the stroke of half-time, after inviting the trickster that is Maxwell Cornet onto his dangled leg. The former Lyon ace quite literally chucked himself at the opportunity, although he didn’t have much choice as he was fouled.

However, the Argentine – whose resurgence has seen Philippe Coutinho’s minutes decrease as of late – saved his blushes by finding the net just three minutes after the interval to make the game all-square.

Despite dominating the ball, achieving 71% possession and generating 22 shots in the process, Gerrard’s side could not find the winning goal against a stubborn Burnley outfit.

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In terms of xG though, it was Mike Jackson’s side who came out on top, with the Clarets’ 1.63 pipping Villa’s 1.48. This is down to the two big chances created from a team playing five-at-the-back and also demonstrates that they were able to play through the middle third of the pitch on multiple occasions, a pattern that Gerrard clearly identified.

His frustration was apparent with youngster Carney Chukwuemeka, who was handed a rare start – indeed, it was his first under Gerrard’s tenure. Unfortunately, the youngster fumbled his opportunity to impress, with the Villa boss clearly frustrated with the 18-year-old.

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Consequently, the teenager was subbed off in the 57th minute, making way for Bertrand Traore. Whilst the youngster managed a pass completion percentage of 92%, completing 22 out of his 24 passes, this was the lowest pass total across the Villa midfield and third lowest total out of the Villa starting XI, just ahead of goalkeeper Martinez and striker Watkins.

With just 31 touches, Chukwuemeka registered fewer than Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope. He also had a poor game defensively, winning just three duels out of a possible eight, a success rate of just 37.5%.

It was a night to forget for the 18-year-old, and with the uncertainty surrounding his future at Villa, it remains to be seen as to whether he will start for Gerrard again.

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