Aston Villa reporter Ashley Preece hailed Boubacar Kamara’s imperious performance in the 2-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League.
The Lowdown: Villa victory
Villa bounced back from their 3-1 defeat on Boxing Day by claiming a much-deserved three points in north London.
Emi Buendia opened the scoring after pouncing on a Hugo Lloris mistake early in the second half before Douglas Luiz’s astute finish doubled the advantage for Unai Emery’s men.
The win keeps Villa within touching distance of the top half ahead of a West Midlands showdown against Wolverhampton Wanderers to come on Wednesday.
The Latest: Kamara quality
Covering the away trip for BirminghamLive was Villans correspondent Preece, whose player ratings highlighted just how well Emery’s side performed in the win, with his verdict on the Frenchman’s display a deservedly eye-catching one.
“A top, top operator who came to the rescue as Doherty popped it through Mings’ legs early on. Kamara oozed class again, playing the right passes and winning possession back time and time again. A real Rolls-Royce. 9”
The Verdict: Key component
Kamara’s display was indicative of just how well he’s settled in at Villa with every passing game leaving it harder and harder to believe they were able to pick him up on a free transfer.
Deployed at the base of Emery’s midfield four again, the 23-year-old made three tackles and three interceptions, the most amongst the Villa midfield via Sofascore, alongside winning nine out of 12 duels with his dominating display in the midfield winning them the battle in the middle of the park. This was helped by a Man of the Match performance from Douglas Luiz alongside him.
Also important in possession with one key pass and an 84% pass accuracy allowing Villa to quickly progress up the pitch.
He’s been an incredible addition and with Emery’s side about to embark on a run of three straight games against sides below them in the table, he may well now be given more creative freedom.
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