Aston Villa put in a storming performance over the weekend as they beat Brentford 4-0 in the Premier League.
After their dismal 3-0 defeat against Fulham in midweek that ended Steven Gerrard’s tenure in charge of the club, the Villans put on a show for their home fans with Aaron Danks at the helm against Thomas Frank’s side.
Goals from Leon Bailey, Danny Ings and Ollie Watkins secured the three points for the Midlands club and brought a bit of much-needed positivity to Villa Park after a troublesome start to the season.
Aside from the three goalscorers, one figure that started the game for Villa that put in a solid display was Leander Dendoncker.
With 63 minutes under his belt, the midfielder had 38 touches of the ball in total but still managed to show what a useful figure he can be in the middle of the park.
For example, having successfully completed 22 of the 23 passes he attempted, this gave him a passing accuracy percentage of 96%, the highest of any Villa player that started the game.
In addition to making one key pass and creating one big chance for his side, Dendoncker also managed to successfully pull off the one dribble he attempted, further highlighting how capable he is on the ball.
The 27-year-old also managed to showcase his defensive ability out of possession as well by making two interceptions, three clearances and three tackles, leaving only Emi Buendia (4) with more tackles in the game for Villa, as well as winning 80% of the duels he was involved in.
This display ultimately earned the former Wolves figure a solid overall match rating of 7.5/10 from SofaScore.
As well as having his performance described as “fantastic” by PGR Analytics on Twitter, Dendoncker’s display also caught the attention of Villa journalist, Ashley Preece, who had this to say about it in his player ratings article for the Birmingham Mail: “Dendoncker did the simple things well and provided the attacking players with a strong base to work off and it allowed Bailey, Buendia and Co. to really express themselves.”
Gregg Evans also picked up on the midfielder’s efforts by saying on Twitter that he “made a big difference” to the team against the Bees.
After what would have been a frustrating first few weeks at Villa by only making substitute appearances, the player will surely be over the moon to have had such a successful first start for his new club.