Aston Villa players told to tell 'stroppy' Emi Buendia to 'get on with it' as on-the-pitch petulance called out
Ty Bracey believes Emi Buendia must cut out his emotional outbursts at Aston Villa teammates to help take his game to the next level.
Buendia, 26, has moved from strength to strength since the arrival of Unai Emery at the club and the Spaniard’s decision to play him regularly ahead of fellow playmaker Philippe Coutinho.
His rich vein of form, which has matched Aston Villa’s rise up the Premier League table, has included four goals and two assists since the New Year.
However, after the 1-0 defeat to Manchester United, Emery suggested that the Argentine was struggling to follow his game plan and that he had to remind him of his duties at times. [BirminghamLive, 30 April]
During this encounter, Buendia was visibly frustrated with his teammates at numerous points, managing to only complete 56% of his passes (18/32) and losing possession on 19 separate occasions. [Sofascore]
Speaking exclusively to Villa News, Bracey admitted that these emotional moments had to be cut out when losing the ball or misplacing a pass, and a teammate maybe needs to put an arm around his shoulder when this happens in the future.
“I’m a huge fan of Buendia, but it’s those stroppy moments on the pitch that have to stop for me when something doesn’t go his own way,” he said.
“I understand him completely because if something wasn’t going to go my way, I’d react in the same way, but on the pitch, it’s one of those things where you’ve got to pick yourself and get on with it.
“It almost might take one of the other players to give him a little nudge and say, ‘come on, let’s get on with it’, and that’s just something where he has just got to get back on his feet and win the ball back.
‘Because other than that, he has been playing really well for Villa under Emery and looks like he is finally finding the form from when he was at Norwich City.
“I think if he gets rid of these moments, he can take his game up a level.”
In other Aston Villa news, the Villans have been backed to complete one major deal in the summer after an update from Fabrizio Romano.