There have been doubts about whether Dean Smith should use Ahmed Elmohamady in his new-look Aston Villa team now they are in the Premier League, as highlighted by Stan Collymore’s comments in June.
This was not helped by the fact Frederic Guilbert is part of the fold now, however, the manager has stuck with the Egyptian and was repaid by his performance against AFC Bournemouth.
Elmohamady was given the Man of the Match by WhoScored for his performance in Villa’s first home game of the season, with a rating of 7.7.
The 31-year-old was an integral player for Villa with the ball, seeing more possession than any other player on the pitch with 9.9% possession.
He also made more accurate passes than any other player on the pitch, maintaining a success rate of 92%, a percentage that was only bettered by Ryan Fraser, while he also completed one dribble.
What is also impressive is that he wasn’t taking the safe option with his passes and was helping get Villa in goalscoring situations, as highlighted by the fact he completed five key passes in the 90 minutes – this was only exceeded by Jack Grealish who made one more.
The Egyptian also helped out defensively, making one tackle, three interceptions and one clearance – showing he can help Villa get the clean sheet which has so far eluded them this season.
This was a well-rounded performance which proves Elmohamady still has the ability to help Villa maintain their Premier League status.
Whether he will be able to keep hold of his place all season is unknown, but if he keeps up performances like this he will make himself very hard to drop.
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