Aston Villa left-back Lucas Digne has come under fire for his performance in Saturday’s 3-1 defeat against Crystal Palace.
Villa fell to their second defeat in three games at the start of the new season as Palace came from behind to win at Selhurst Park.
Ollie Watkins opened the scoring early on, but Wilfried Zaha equalised almost instantly.
And Digne then gave away a penalty for handball in the second half, with Zaha converting via a rebound.
Jean-Philippe Mateta added a third for the Eagles with 20 minutes remaining.
Ashley Preece of The Birmingham Mail said that the penalty incident summed up ‘the shocker Digne’s had this afternoon’.
Meanwhile, Dan Bardell, a presenter, podcaster and panellist at The Athletic, wrote that ‘Digne is off the pace in general I’m afraid’.
In Digne’s defence, the penalty call was questioned in some quarters.
Referee Andy Madley ruled that it was a spot-kick after consulting the pitchside monitor, even though, according to Maher, the ball had only travelled a very short distance before striking Digne’s arm.
Even if you feel that there was no intent from the Frenchman, his all-round display was still a concern.
He earned one of the lowest SofaScore ratings in the whole Villa side with 6.5 out of 10, having won only five of the 11 duels he contested (45.5%), given possession away 11 times and committed two fouls.
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