Aston Villa cruised into the fourth round of the Carabao Cup with a win against Bristol City on Thursday – and some of the club’s supporters on Twitter were praising their defender Ahmed Elmohamady for his performance.
Dean Smith’s side beat Championship opponent Bristol City 3-0 at Ashton Gate to continue the club’s brilliant start to the new season.
The Midlands club have now won back-to-back games in the cup to reach the fourth round, plus they started the Premier League season with a victory against Sheffield United.
Anwar El Ghazi opened the scoring against Bristol City, before summer signings Bertrand Traore and Ollie Watkins also got on the scoresheet.
A selection of Villa supporters on social media believe that despite the quality going forward it was a defender that stole the show.
Elmohamady, who captained the team, was a real leader and presence at the back to help keep a clean sheet.
The 33-year-old Egyptian is a right-back by trade, but has the versatility to play a number of positions and he slotted into a centre-back position against Bristol City with ease.
He showed his ability in the air, plus his composure in playing out from the back and his positional awareness capped off a brilliant individual contribution.
One fan called him the best ever £1million signing and he joined for that fee back in 2017 after Villa activated a release clause in his contract at Hull City (BBC).
Here are some Villa fans on Elmohamady:
Best £1 million ever spent #utv
— EIREAVFC🦁 (@eireavfc) September 24, 2020
Captaincy deserved. Steady as a rock
— Cort Carpenter (@TheCortHaus) September 25, 2020
Elmo turning into the next Alan Hutton, loves the club gives 100 % and hopefully he stays longer
— Ian Green (@Iangreen0505) September 25, 2020
No surprise that Elmo was able to play at centre back, surprisingly brilliant in the air and bags of experience. Not a permanent fixture but nice to have #avfc
— Andy Clarke (@AVFC_AndyC) September 24, 2020
Elmo at cb was actually class deano knows ball
— 𝔸𝕤𝕥𝕠𝕟🇪🇬 (@AVFC_Aston) September 24, 2020
I don’t want to be accused of exaggerating but I think Elmo may have the spirit of Bobby Moore in his soul. #AVFC
— Phil K (@philkimbo) September 24, 2020
How smooth is Elmo! So comfortable and experienced, plays multiple positions. Underrated player for us! 👑 #avfc
— Aston Villa Updates (@AstonVilla_info) September 24, 2020