Ashley Young ages like fine wine - Three things learned in Aston Villa win v Nottingham Forest in Premier League
The Unai Emery revolution at Aston Villa continued on Saturday (8 April) as his side claimed a comfortable 2-0 win against Nottingham Forest to move sixth in the Premier League table.
In a rinse and repeat from the 2-1 win over Leicester City in midweek, it was Bertrand Traore and Ollie Watkins who found the back of the net for Emery’s Europe-chasing outfit.
The victory took the Villans above Brighton into sixth in the Premier League with just eight games of their season remaining.
Here are three things we learned from the workmanlike victory at Villa Park.
Young ageing like fine wine
Ashley Young endured a tough time at the King Power Stadium in midweek but once again highlighted his worth to Emery with a stellar performance against Nottingham Forest.
Since Matty Cash suffered an ill-times injury for Poland during the international break, Young has stepped into his position to great effect.
The right-back made a team-high six clearances, as well as attempting three crosses and completing four accurate long balls in his 90-minute showing. [WhoScored]
Young continues to age like a fine wine in the claret and blue top and played a key role in Villa securing their fifth clean sheet in six games.
After months of poor form, Aston Villa fans might have seen Leon Bailey in an Aston Villa shirt for the last time.
Despite showing glimmers of his full potential this season, including a magical brace against Brentford and a standout display in the win against Leeds United, Bailey has on the whole, been extremely disappointing.
The Jamaican’s season could well have been brought to a close after he went down clutching his hamstring after 25 minutes of the 2-0 win on Saturday.
Even before his ill-timed injury, the 25-year-old had touched the ball just six times and lost possession on three of those occasions.
With further attacking recruitments expected in the summer transfer window, Bailey could find himself as the expendable asset in Villa’s frontline.
£12million well spent on Moreno
Alex Moreno was once again central to Aston Villa’s attacking play down the left flank against Nottingham Forest, completing three dribbles, two key passes and four crosses.
Since arriving from Real Betis for £12million in the January transfer window, the Spaniard has only moved from strength – with Emery letting the full-back off the leash and asking Young to sit deep and make a narrow back-three when in attack.
From his last five starts for Villa, Moreno has recorded a team-high ten key passes while completing two or more dribbled in four of these matches.
The £12million outlay is starting to look better and better value with every passing week.
In other Aston Villa news, the club’s academy staff have been slammed over a Phil Foden nickname.