Aston Villa had to settle for a 0-0 draw at home to West Ham on Monday night, but it did at least pull them out of the relegation places of the Premier League after just five games.
Dean Smith’s side have plenty of work to do offensively, but it was another clean sheet for the Midlands giants and there defence is looking fairly reliable.
With Premier League legend John Terry as assistant manager, it’s no surprise to see the backline excelling and centre-back Tyrone Mings was recently drafted into the England squad.
But Frederic Guilbert is another member of the defence to catch the eye and he proved his immense value on Monday against West Ham.
The right-back has linked up with the Villa squad this summer and it looks like he will become an ever-present in Smith’s XI.
Guilbert cost Villa £5million (Birmingham Mail) from French club Caen and he looks an ideal to English football already.
The 24-year-old made his third successive league start in the fixture against West Ham and he proved what a bargain he is turning out to be, especially in the current transfer market.
He had the sizeable task of dealing with left-winger Felipe Anderson, who cost West Ham £36million (BBC) and can be one of the trickiest wide players in the division on his day.
But Villa’s no-nonsense centre-back stood up to the task of defending against him extremely well and was rarely beaten one-on-one.