Former Aston Villa midfielder Lee Hendrie was not impressed with what he saw from Bjorn Engels in the Villans’ recent 3-2 defeat to Tottenham.
Engels’ poor touch at the death allowed Son Heung-min through on goal, with the South Korean calmly converting to give his side all three points, and Hendrie has since criticised the way the 25-year-old tried to control the ball. Speaking on Football Daily, he said: “The way he tried to control the ball. It’s almost like he was, you know, doing a sort of Grealish sort of touch, just trying to control it with the soles of his feet.
“I’m not being funny. As a coach and being coached, I think that’s one of the golden rules. You control it with the inside of your foot.” Harsh? Maybe, but you can understand Hendrie’s frustrations.
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Villa were so close to securing a massive point in their bid for survival against one of the best teams in the division, only for a moment of madness to undo all of the hard work they put in during the game.
It will now be interesting to see how the Villans and Engels, particularly, bounce back from this huge disappointment. They take on Southampton next, who are not entirely safe from danger, so Dean Smith will be desperate for a reaction and the three points.
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