Aston Villa winger Trezeguet came under criticism following his side’s 3-0 defeat at the hands of Leeds United last night.
The hosts had the chance to go top of the table at the expense of Everton going into Saturday but failed to capitalise on the opportunity presented to them. A hat-trick from Patrick Bamford condemned the Villains to their first league defeat of the season and abolished their 100% record during the campaign.
While there were many poor performances in the team, Trezeguet was singled out for criticism. The Egyptian has featured regularly for Dean Smith’s side since his arrival at the club last year and has started every game so far this term.
From 47 appearances, he has scored seven goals and provided five assists since his £8.75m move from Turkish club Kasimpasa, which takes his overall career scoring tally to 46 from 244 professional outings (TransferMarkt).
Writing his post-match ratings for Birmingham Live, Preece was scathing when it was Trezeguet’s turn to be analysed, as the 26-year-old received the lowest match rating out of the Villa starting XI with four.
“The Egyptian’s 11th-consecutive Premier League start and he endured a frustrating first half, encapsulated when he failed to take advantage of Dallas’ wild pass infield which presented him with a glorious chance.
“Again, Trezeguet was picked out by Ollie Watkins but he slashed at his effort which was mopped up by Grealish who struck one on target. Found Alioski a tough nut to crack with the Macedonian also having the ever-dangerous Jack Harrison grafting back to help.
“Did nothing in the second half and was replaced by Bertrand Traore with a little over 25 minutes left.”
During the game, Trezeguet has five unsuccessful touches and completed only eight passes before he was substituted midway through the second half, accruing a match rating of just 6.3 (Whoscored).
Room for improvement
It was a night to forget for Trezeguet, but that was partly down to Leeds’ approach to the game and Bielsa’s tactics of isolating the Villa wingers, which severely hampered Dean Smith’s side. Trezeguet knows he can perform to a higher standard and the Villa Park faithful have acknowledged some of those stronger outings that he has contributed.
After the highs of beating reigning Premier League champions Liverpool before the international break, this result halts Villa’s momentum, but hopefully the Egyptian and his team-mates can put last night behind them quickly.
In other news, many Villa fans were delighted with ‘outstanding’ player despite losing to Leeds.
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