64 touches, 2 key passes, 3 tackles: 24-year-old is becoming a real star for Aston Villa
Aston Villa fans saw a marvellous display on Saturday afternoon as the Villans ran out 4-0 winners over Southampton.
Steven Gerrard’s charges secured consecutive Premier League wins for the first time since November in the rout.
Brazil superstar Philippe Coutinho completely ran the show for Villa, contributing to three of their goals.
Ollie Watkins gave the hosts the perfect start with the opening goal after just nine minutes.
Coutinho and Danny Ings exchanged passes in midfield, before the latter slipped the 26-year-old through.
Watkins then got the better of Jack Stephens and fired into the far corner of the net for his second in two games.
Villa then made it two on the stroke of half-time through Douglas Luiz.
Calum Chambers, on the edge of the box, split the Saints defence with a cleverly judged lofted ball for Coutinho.
The Brazilian then found his compatriot five yards out for an easy finish.
Coutinho got on the scoresheet in the 52nd minute with the help of a slight deflection through Fraser Forster’s legs.
Then, Matty Cash picked out Ings, who made it four with a well-struck volley against his former club.
Cash’s display may have gone somewhat under the radar, but he deserves praise for how he did.
He surged past the half-way line whenever he could, was accurate in his crossing and weighed in with strong tackles.
Cash is proving to be a serious bargain for Villa, who paid just £14million for him in 2020.
Even with add-ons, the Villans would only be paying £16million; pocket change in the Premier League nowadays.
Cash is becoing a real star for Villa and, with his ceiling so high, he can carry on improving and dazzling fans.
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