For teams towards the bottom of the Premier League table, playing against Manchester City can be a tough task at the best of times.
Therefore, Aston Villa will have been keen to ensure that they didn’t give the reigning champions any gifts early on.
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It turns out that Villa gave them two that were wrapped up thanks to their debutant Danny Drinkwater.
24′ | Goal. Mahrez doubles the lead.
— Aston Villa (@AVFCOfficial) January 12, 2020
Having been easily beaten by his former teammate Riyad Mahrez for City’s first, the 29-year-old then gave the ball away inside of his own box, which led to the Algerian getting his second.
This was a player who had only featured in one Premier League game this season, and quite frankly, the rust from his time on the bench was fully on show in his early performance.
One fan demanded that Villa “terminate Drinkwater’s loan”, while another asked who made the decision to bring him in, suggesting “they need sacking”.
Terminate Drinkwater’s Loan
— Charlie (@charlie_mac99) January 12, 2020
Promising start from drinkwater
— TheVillaFan (@TheVillaFan2) January 12, 2020
Drinkwater pointing at someone to mark agueuro! You’re marking no one, do it yourself! Literally in no man’s land!
— Clayton Yates (@ClaytonTY06) January 12, 2020
Who’s idea was it to sign DRINKWATER.. they need sacking ASAP
— Craig (@Craig92308868) January 12, 2020
Hope we still have the receipt for Drinkwater. He has been diabolical #avfc
— Paul Gordon (@paul_gordonh) January 12, 2020
Finished as a player.
— michael atkinson (@shefqi) January 12, 2020
Gotta hook off Drinkwater now. He’s miles off the pace #AVFC
— Alex Othon (@lovespud83) January 12, 2020
Marvelous Nakamba has not been the most popular of figures at Villa Park recently, as signified by the fact that he and Douglas Luiz were slated for their performances against Leicester City.
However, fans felt that Drinkwater was making the Zimbabwean look good, with one urging for him to be brought on.
His poor performance can be encapsulated by his WhoScored rating of 4.8, which looks even worse when compared to the 6.3 that Nakamba got.
Drinkwater my friend, how can you be worse than nakamba
— HJK (@SpecialOne1238) January 12, 2020
Drinkwater awful is he better than Nakamba?
— Addjoy (@Addjoy4) January 12, 2020
You lot thought nakamba was bad
— holte (@AVFC82_) January 12, 2020
Nakamba on. Drinkwater back to Chelsea
— Lance Jenkinson (@westsport) January 12, 2020