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Unsung Hero: Aston Villa’s Frederic Guilbert takes his opportunity against Everton

Unsung Hero: Aston Villa’s Frederic Guilbert takes his opportunity against Everton

It seemed very harsh on Ahmed Elmohamady to be dropped for the Everton game, following his impressive performance for Aston Villa against AFC Bournemouth.

With this in mind, it was important that Frederic Guilbert took his opportunity to show he should have the right-back spot long-term and that is exactly what he did, helping Villa to their first win of the season.

His greatest – and perhaps most under noticed – contribution of the game was for Villa’s opening goal: Jack Grealish was praised for his quick thinking, Jota’s perfectly weighted pass was also rightly lauded, while Wesley’s movement and finish received plenty of plaudits.

Guilbert was also an important link in the move though, as it was his burst forward which allowed Grealish to make the pass and the Frenchman who played the ball to Jota.

Outside of that, the 24-year-old made one dribble and completed 75% of the passes he attempted, as per WhoScored.

Defensively, he made one tackle, two clearances and three interceptions, as well as winning two aerial duels.

Guilbert gave a very good well-rounded performance, highlighting that he has the ability to be Aston Villa’s starting right-back.

Considering Elmohamady’s showing against Bournemouth, it seems as though Dean Smith could have a dilemma on his hands regarding who will be his main man in the position.

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