A number of Aston Villa fans vented their fury over the performance of midfielder Danny Drinkwater this afternoon, with the 29-year-old failing to impress on just his second start for the club after joining on loan earlier this month.
Drinkwater was also slated by some Villa supporters following his debut for them against Manchester City last week, although he kept his place in the team for today’s 1-1 draw at Brighton. However, he was booked in the first half and then substituted after 68 minutes in favour of Douglas Luiz after a performance described by Sky Sports‘ Lewis Jones as “ineffective”.
Having played just twice in his spell at Burnley earlier in the season, Birmingham Live reporter Ashley Preece said that the ex-Leicester midfielder is “lacking match sharpness” and “still looks way short of the fitness required”, giving him a rating of just five this afternoon.
The 29-year-old misplaced 12 of his 40 passes against the Seagulls and missed the target with both of his shots, as well as being the only starter in Dean Smith’s side who failed to win any headers at the Amex Stadium. [via WhoScored]
These Aston Villa fans did not mince their words in assessing Drinkwater’s performance today, with several criticising his fitness levels:
— Alejandro Ollero (@o11ero) January 18, 2020
— H (@avfcsah) January 18, 2020
Drinkwater is trash.
— Memphis Villa Lions (@LionsVilla) January 18, 2020
Send drinkwater back. Useless.
— Harry ☠️ (@Harry_Fa26) January 18, 2020
— Liam Scahill (@LiamScahill) January 18, 2020
Drinkwater has been blown by multiple times… Off the pace again #avfc
— Gregory Michael (@RoseCityTID) January 18, 2020
35 mins in and Drinkwater has just given up and let a Brighton player stroll through to the edge of our box with the ball. How is someone this far away from fitness starting games? #avfc
— Sean Roberts (@stroberts2) January 18, 2020
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