Do Not Sell My Personal Information

Aston Villa loanee James Chester has a positive start to life at Stoke

Aston Villa loanee James Chester gave a good account of himself on his Stoke City debut.

On the chalkboard

The Potters beat fellow relegation battlers Charlton Athletic 3-1, which sees them usurp the Addicks and rise to 20th in the Championship table.

While the result will be seen as the most important part of the game from a Stoke point of view, Villa fans may have also had an eye on it for selfish reasons.

That is because their cult hero, Chester, was making his debut for them, having joined on loan for the rest of this campaign.

He is an incredibly popular figure at Villa Park, having put his body on the line to help them get promoted, playing through a permanent injury problem.

However, now that he is at a club where he can get more regular minutes, having played just two cup games prior to the move, the Wales international can now show he can be more than a sentimental figure – something he got to work on against Charlton.

Solid performance

Villa fans already know that the 31-year-old can be a reliable presence in defence, and Stoke fans may be feeling a similar way after his solid debut.

The first positive will be that he completed the 90 minutes, which shows how much Michael O’Neill trusts him.

Did he really play for us?! No Villa fan has managed to name all of these obscure Villans….
1 of 14

Can you name this obscure former Aston Villa player?

Chester completed the one tackle that he attempted during the game, while also managing three clearances and two interceptions.

He also won six aerial duels throughout the 90 minutes, which saw him win the second-highest number of anyone on the pitch, behind Nick Powell, with a 75% success rate.

There was also a sign of the 31-year-old’s composure and quality on the ball, as he completed the one dribble he attempted, while maintaining a pass success rate of 72%.

All in all, Chester put in a solid performance that will be seen as an encouraging start.

Meanwhile, Chester opened up about his move to Stoke before the game.

Article title: Aston Villa loanee James Chester has a positive start to life at Stoke

Please leave feedback to help us improve the site: