Why Emery needs the crucial Villa ace back after the break

Aston Villa master Unai Emery was handed an important boost this week after Alex Moreno returned to training with the group. As seen in the club’s tweet below, the 30- time-old Spaniard has recovered from the hamstring injury that he suffered against Liverpool in our penultimate game of last season, as he closes in on a comeback after a lengthy spell on the sidelines. Lucas Digne has stepped in for him so far this season and has four assists in five games to go with his protective duties, and the Frenchman deserves credit for the job he has done in filling that void and showing his quality. still, there’s arguably little mistrustfulness as to who the first- choice left wing- reverse at Villa is when available, given how emotional Moreno was in the alternate half of last season following his January move from Real Betis. In 19 league appearances last season, the Spaniard had three assists, 52 traces per game on average, 79 percent passing delicacy and precipitously bettered in the protective phase with his pressure and recovery pace. As shown in the heat chart over, his capability to get up and down the left hand constantly was a abecedarian part of our style of play, as he was largely influential in our system by adding a abecedarian balance with his attacking play down the left hand. With Emery likely to emplace three centre- halves in games constantly this season given Ezri Konsa, Diego Carlos and Pau Torres are at his disposal, adding Moreno back to the pack will make us a more balanced and settled backline, while he’ll also hopefully make a strong understanding and chemistry with Torres on that side of the defence. That will allow Konsa to tuck outside and form a back- three in possession, a preference of Emery’s that he tested overpre-season and has utilised so far this season, but with the boost of Moreno’s speed and quality in both phases adding commodity redundant. Importantly however, it’s his capability to get into advanced positions, and to the byline in particular, to produce openings for others that makes him an ideal fit in this Villa side. Digne has shown he has quality in his delivery, but he’s really further of a stage- and- deliver type left- back with his crosses into the box. We saw he was effective and protean enough to offer a analogous trouble with his help for Moussa Diaby against Burnley, but we need further of that on a harmonious base moving forward, and it’s Moreno who was really first choice in that part last season for a reason. Villa have five games in 14 days after the transnational break, starting on September 16 against Crystal Palace, and with the Europa Conference League group stage getting underway as well as our third-round Carabao Cup institution to consider, Moreno’s return has come at a vital time. Yes, he ’ll hopefully pick up from where he left off last season and be a crucial figure in the Villa XI again. still, it’s also important that we ’ve got another quality option in that department to contend with Digne, and we ’ll need them both over the course of the crusade if we’re to achieve our objects and intentions, both domestically and in Europe.

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