Stats Review: Encouraging Early Signs in N’Zogbia Performances

August 23, 2011 by · 1 Comment
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Having analysed Charles N’Zogbia’s stats from this season and last it is clear to see that his performance against Blackburn on Saturday was extremely encouraging as the new signing played a pivotal role in Villa’s victory. Read more

How Midfielder of the Year Reo-Coker Fairs Against World’s Best

May 9, 2011 by · 6 Comments
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Nigel Reo-Coker shone in Aston Villa’s 1-1 draw with Wigan at the weekend when nobody else would and showed why he was the deserving winner of the Aston Villa Blog Midfielder of the Year poll, though there was little contest in the nominees with the likes of Downing, Young and Albrighton all classed as attacking forces. Reo-Coker picked up just over 58% of the votes, as shown below, ahead of club captain Stiliyan Petrov (23.5%) and youngster Barry Bannan (18%) although admittedly the little Scot only played half of the season. Many Villa fans still undervalue the 26-year-old in my opinion often for not being attack minded enough or for poor passing, an assumption which he has disproved this season. What you need to remember is that Reo-Coker is a defence minded player, he will get about the opposition and break up play which is exactly what he is supposed to do. OK so he keeps things simple but in my opinion Villa need an attacking playmaker a la James Milner to counter-balance his role, something that Stiliyan Petrov, nor I fear Jean Makoun will effectively do. It may well not matter if the former West Ham skipper leaves on a free in the summer, with Makoun likely to replace him next term, but losing Reo-Coker would effectively lose one of our best players from this campaign in my opinion. I have decided to look in to how NRC has compared with the so called best of the league and world for that matter, to see if my praise for the midfielder is valid.

Reo-Coker vs World’s Best DMs

What Will Villa be Missing if Ashley Young is Sold? Amazing Stats!

April 13, 2011 by · 2 Comments
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With his contract up in the summer of 2012, Villa’s ‘star man’ and England international Ashley Young is hotly tipped to leave the club after a disappointing season for the club under Gerard Houllier. The question is, is he really Villa’s star man and how sorely would he be missed were he to leave. The likes of Manchester Unite and Liverpool are thought to be front-runners for the 25-year-old’s signature, with touted valuations ranging from underwhelming to the absurd. Young has shot to the limelight on the international scene this season, to the benefit of both player and club in that it should see his popularity, and hence value, rise. What many Villa fans will be questioning is whether the winger-cum-forward has really improved this term, especially from the form he showed when going on to win the PFA Young Player of the Year in 2007/08. So I’ve studied the stats and included the facts in an in-depth review, from a personal standpoint, though opinions are welcomed! In-depth Young Review: Stats, Facts, Strengths and Weaknesses

Makoun Review: What to Make of Up and Down Start

February 17, 2011 by · 6 Comments
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Jean Makoun joined the club after a long and drawn out transfer saga with old club Lyon. A deal was eventually agreed to see the 27-year-old Cameroon international to Villa Park for a reported up front fee of £5m with add-ons of around £2.5m touted to boot. Houllier was clearly very keen to sign the midfielder after being knocked back on a number of occasions and finally got his man prior to the Man City clash, though Makoun didn’t get international clearance and made his debut against Wigan. This game was one which was severely dented from a personal stand-point with regards to the playmaker when he was booked early on. Until that point he had used the ball well, if unspectacularly, but his hassling style saw him pick up a yellow for a pretty innocuous challenge and effectively stunted his progress in the game in my opinion, before his withdrawn around an hour in. After acclimatizing to the English game pretty quickly, Makoun was imperious next time out in my opinion against United, with his stats showing him out-pass his team-mates and opponents alike. He backed this up with a man of the match award against Fulham and that game got me excited about the quality which Villa had obtained despite fading slightly towards the end. Unfortunately, just as he was getting a good run of early form, Makoun had a nightmare moment last time out against Blackpool, making a rash challenge and rightly getting a straight red card. So where does that leave us in knowing what we can expect from the industrious, pass-master? I though I’d have a little look at his stats to see just how well he has done. In-depth Player Stats

The Unfortunately Titled Bent Review: In-depth Stats

February 15, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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Darren Bent marked his Villa debut in dream fashion, scoring the only goal in a fantastic 1-0 win over Manchester City, but how has he really faired in his first 5 games at the club. Coming with the burden of an £24m price tag, Bent needed to start well and did exactly that on his home debut, following his City winner with a second against their fierce rivals Manchester United on his third appearance. During his time at the club he netted his second senior international goal against Denmark last week and has shown what most expected of him, the tendencies of the poacher striker. A right place, right time striker with a knack for the composed finish. Some Villa fans have questioned what else he has offered but shouldn’t forget that if he scores goals, what else do you really need. Passing and Shooting Stats

Walker Review: Stats, Pros and Cons of Villa’s Loan-Man

February 14, 2011 by · 3 Comments
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Kyle Walker impressed Fabio Capello enough to warrant his first senior international call-up after just 5 games at Villa Park, catching the eye with two fantastic individual efforts against old-club Sheffield United and a long drive against Fulham. Some Villa fans have been slightly less enthused as the 20-year-old, unsurprisingly due to his age, is prone to the odd hairy moment, especially in a defensive capacity. So I wanted to take a more in-depth look into the start of his Villa career to establish just how good, or perhaps not so, that the young full-back is. Read Walker’s In-depth Stats in Full Here

Player Review: Ciaran Clark’s Best Position?

February 3, 2011 by · 4 Comments
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Ciaran Clark is one of a number of youngsters at Villa Park to have broken through the ranks at the club and staked his claim for a starting berth in Gerard Houllier’s plans. The defender will have been used to playing with the likes of Barry Bannan and Marc Albrighton but will no doubt have been as surprised young Villa counterparts to have played such an integral role this season. Fellow 21-year-old, winger Marc Albrighton may have taken the headlines of the three but it has been Clark who has perhaps been most assured in making the step up into senior team football. Clark, who opted to play for the Republic of Ireland alongside team-mate Richard Dunne over England last year, has undoubtedly been asked the most out of, from all of the up and coming stars and indeed perhaps the whole squad. Coming through the youth and reserves set-up as a goalscoring centre-back, Clark has had to show his competence as much in an attacking sense as in defending this year having played in centre midfield and left back during the course of the season. His reputation of being capable of bagging the odd goal has transferred into the full squad having netted 4 times in all competitions against the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea and Blackburn. It now seems that the naturally left footed defender may have to settle for a place at left back with former senior team regular Stephen Warnock falling way down in Houllier’s rankings after expressing an interest in leaving the club. So we have seen plenty of Clark this season, but to which position is he best suited. To read my thoughts on the matter click here

Mid-Season Review: Aston Villa Defensive Stats by Player

December 29, 2010 by · Leave a Comment
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I have comprised a list of the defensive statistics for each Aston Villa defender and midfielder (excluding wingers Marc Albrighton, Stewart Downing and Ashley Young), after dismal recent record. The stats show each player’s record thus far this campaign as well as their overall Premier League record for their combined clubs in parenthesis. The stats include the average amount of goals the team concede per game, the average amount of clean sheets the team picks up and the average number of shots on target it takes to concede when each player is on the pitch. I will list the top 3 players in each category regarding their defensive record as well as the bottom 3 culprits. Take into consideration that these stats were gathered prior to the Manchester City game. Read more

Mid-Season Review: Aston Villa Attacking Stats by Player

December 29, 2010 by · Leave a Comment
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I have gathered some attacking statistics for each midfielder and attacker in the current failing Villa squad. The stats show each player’s record thus far this campaign as well as their overall Premier League record for their combined clubs in parenthesis. The stats include each player’s shots on target ratio, the shots to goals ratio and the average amount of minutes on the pitch it takes each player to score. I will list the top 3 players in each category regarding their attacking record as well as the bottom 3 culprits out of the midfielders and strikers in the squad. Read more

Player Review: Why Nathan Delfouneso Deserves His First Team Chance

With my Player Review feature having singled out first team stars Ashley Young and Nigel Reo-Coker to date, I wanted to focus on one of the fringe players staking a claim for a first team place. Gabby Agbonlahor has been out for over a month and it is still unsure when he will return and the clubs striker woes have been added to by injury to Emile Heskey this week. Compile this with a lack of form and goals for John Carew and you start to understand why Villa have scored just 1 in their last 4 matches. The strikers have 1 Premier League strike between them which feel to Heskey with Stewart Downing being the only real threat in terms of goals with 3 in the league thus far. Depressed after reading that? Enter Nathan Delfouneso. Nathan Delfouneso Review

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