Which new signing has impressed you most?
Having played six games so far this season, plus a couple in the cup, I’m pretty interested to hear which of our new signings has impressed you most so far?
We signed a fair few in the summer, and as we wrote previously it’s nice to see some real quality and depth on our substitute bench, certainly makes a welcome change. Here is a list of the signings, with most of them already making an impact:
Karim El Ahmadi
Looking at it closely, and it’s quite hard to pick out a candidate. There are a few who haven’t really been given a chance yet (Westwood, Bowery) and a couple who have only played a few games (Bennett and Benteke), though this doesn’t necessarily rule them out from the esteemed, and imaginary UTV best signing award.
I’ve been impressed with the top four in this list and they all bring a lot to the table. El Ahmadi just oozes quality, and has provided a calm head and good distributor in the middle of the park, something we sorely miss with Stan out. I’d still like for him to really stamp his authority on the game at times, but it has been an encouraging start for the player.
Holman has also begun to be noticed by the wider footballing world, and after Sunday I’m convinced Gary Neville has a bit of a man crush on the Australian international. We all know what he brings, and that is a great will to win and desire to get involved, and his amazing work ethic has been well received by the Villa faithful. He lacks a bit of quality at times, but I think that will improve, and hopefully we see him getting amongst the goals sooner rather than later. He’s perfectly capable as we saw in preseason.
I have been pretty impressed with Lowton in the right back role, and after the tough time we had filling the position last season, it’s nice to see some stability. He’s adapted pretty seamlessly to the rigours of the Premiership, and save for a couple of mistakes he hasn’t looked out of place. He gets forward well, and as we saw against Swansea he can strike a good ball.
Ron Vlaar was a fan favourite when he was linked, and the big Dutchman has done pretty darn well since coming in. He was correctly named captain, and has impressed overall to date. The partnership with Clark has looked a bit ropey at times, and I’m interested to see what happens when Dunne comes back to full fitness. He has a surprising turn of speed, and as you’d expect is pretty dominant in the air. I think he was unlucky with the goal conceded against West Brom, though I’m sure some will think he might have done better. As I say though overall the player has done well.
For me, and as I mentioned it’s a tough one, it would probably at the moment be between Lowton and Vlaar, with maybe Lowton shading it. Vlaar has a decent amount of experience, but for Lowton to step up from league one and not really look out of place is an impressive achievement. Still at the end of the day, it’s nice that a number of players are doing well….can only bode well for the Villa!
How about you folks? As per would love to hear your thoughts.