How have Aston Villa’s signings rated so far?

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Aston Villa are without the suspended Tyrone Mings for the visit of Bristol City.

Much was made of Aston Villa’s spending spree over the summer – so how have those players performed so far?

After three years away from the Premier League there was a lot of excitement in the Midlands, and that became even more fervent when it became evident they were prepared to spend big.

However, with that came the inevitable cynicism and the question over whether Aston Villa were “doing a Fulham?”, joining “tough place to go” and “the three points was the most important thing” in the pantheon of overused football clichés.

So, with that in mind, these players have quite a bit of pressure on them. So who has performed so far?

Tom Heaton

As safe a pair of hands as you’re likely to see in the Premier League – it amazed many fans when Burnley allowed him to leave for a relatively paltry fee of £8million this summer.

The England stopper has kept two clean sheets in five games so far – a good record considering the fact they tend to prioritise attack over defence, and he is very much a regular fixture in and around the Three Lions squad.

Rating – 8/10

Tyrone Mings

A colossus last season, Mings has continued that form to such good effect that he earned a maiden England call up for the recent Euro 2020 qualifiers against Bulgaria and Kosovo

His robust defending combined with a decent ability to play from the back has earned many plaudits so far this term.

Rating – 9/10

Ezri Konsa

Hard to judge, considering his only game time has come in the Carabao Cup, but a goal against Crewe was an excellent way for him to introduce himself.

Certainly one that will make his mark later on in the season.

Rating – 6/10

Bjorn Engels

An understated capture, but one that has worked well so far. He has managed to form a good-looking partnership with Mings and his performances so far will put him on the cusp of the senior Belgian squad no doubt.

Rating – 8/10

Matt Targett

Yet to make his debut due to injury

Rating – N/A

Kortney Hause

Always looked destined to be a squad player rather than first choice so only time will tell on this one.

Rating 5/10

Douglas Luiz

Not much was known about the Brazilian defensive midfielder from Manchester City and he was only brought in due to Villa’s failure to acquire Kalvin Phillips from Leeds.

He scored on his full debut with a stunning long-range effort against Bournemouth and has shown glimpses of real ability in his short spell so far.

Rating – 7/10

Marvelous Nakamba

Without question, the best name of all the Villa recruits, the Zimbabwean only made his Premier League debut on Monday in the goalless draw against West Ham.

He controlled things nicely in midfield and it will be an interesting battle to see who gets a regular spot in that position.

Rating – 6/10

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Anwar El Ghazi

One of a clutch of players signed permanently after a loan spell last year, the Dutchman scored his first top-flight goal to kill off the game against Everton.

He has a lot to learn and it is a big step up, but El Ghazi has done well so far and kept his place in the team.

Rating – 7/10

Trezeguet

Being booked three times and getting sent off is not exactly the best way to endear yourself to fans.

Rating – 3/10

Jota

A strange capture when it happened – a straight swap with Birmingham that saw Gary Gardner go the other way.

It’s looked like decent value for money so far though, with the Spaniard slotting in nicely on the right side.

His technical skills will be more appreciated in the top flight and he could be Villa’s wild card for the season.

Rating – 8/10

Wesley

One goal in five does not exactly inspire great confidence – it was a great goal that Wesley scored against Everton but he has not followed up with much since.

The raw ability is clearly there, but the Brazilian must learn to deal with the rough and tumble nature of English football as well as improve his link up play.

Rating – 6/10

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