Aston Villa journalist and podcaster Dan Bardell has been sharing his thoughts on Villa midfielder Morgan Sanson and his latest display for the club during their recent 0-0 draw against Wolves in the Premier League.
This comes after Bardell recently hosted the latest episode of The Villa View Podcast where he reflected on the draw at Villa Park over the weekend.
On the subject of Sanson, who made his first start for the Birmingham club against Nuno Espirito Santo’s side before being substituted off in the second half, Bardell had this to say about the Frenchman’s efforts during the game. (14.43)
He said: “I thought he was good, I thought he added something in there. He’s very energetic. He’s a bit like the [John] McGinn that when he does play that box-to-box role he gets around a pitch well, he links the ball well, he presses, he was good.
“I mean, I think he might have picked up a little knock as well, which was probably the reason he came off, I think he would have come off anyway at some point, but the reason he came off so early in the second half was due to injury.”
Villa signed Sanson during the previous January transfer window from French club Marseille for a fee of £14.22 million.
Since arriving at Villa, the 26-year-old, who is currently valued at £18 million, has made six appearances for Dean Smith’s side in the Premier League but has yet to register a goal or an assist for the club (per Transfermarkt).
TIF Thoughts on Dan Bardell’s comments on Sanson and his display against Wolves…
Taking into account that Sanson only managed to earn himself a fairly uninspiring match rating of 6.58/10 and failing to make any key passes in the game against Wolves shows that he may not have made the biggest impact on his first start for the club.
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However, with Sanson having made more crosses (7) than any other Villa player on the day, this shows that he was trying to create goalscoring opportunities for Villa throughout his time on the pitch (per WhoScored).
Moving forward, if Sanson manages to keep his place in Villa’s starting XI for their upcoming Premier League match against Newcastle United on Friday night, he will undoubtedly be hoping that he can have more of an impact on the pitch for the team in terms of creating or even scoring goals. However, it remains to be seen as to whether his apparent knock may damage his chances of making another appearance.