Aston Villa have signed Danny Drinkwater on loan from Chelsea this month after his spell at Burnley ended and Dean Smith handed him his debut against Manchester City yesterday.
Drinkwater formed part of a midfield trio in a 3-5-2 charged with stopping the reigning champions but Villa found themselves 4-0 down at half time.
The Chelsea loanee had a torrid game, being robbed of the ball in his own box before Riyad Mahrez smashed home the visitors’ second goal.
He looked way off the face having had limited gametime in recent seasons and for that season, Villa fans blasted Dean Smith for throwing him in at the deep end as much as Drinkwater for his actual performance.
Smith left Drinkwater on something of a hiding to nothing; chucking him into a game against a rampant City when he was visibly not match fit and lacked sharpness.
That said, Drinkwater played very poorly and didn’t make a good first impression on the supporters. Some on Twitter are calling for him to get more time to settle in, but there was some stinging criticism online also.
Villa got themselves a decent result in the first leg of their EFL Cup semi-final in midweek but against the side they would likely face in the final, they were utterly outclassed from start to finish.
@villaontour_ @JackGrealish1 Pathetic after what Dean said about him in the week, ie got something to prove, rubbish he is finished & has been since Leicester, Chelsea knew, Burnley proved that too, only 1 hour this season, Villa mugged again, how many times? #MRichards UTV
— Andrew Southall (@Andysouthall01) January 12, 2020
Terrible but terrible game to put him in. Smith has to take the blame for that
— Ash (@AshSlater_) January 12, 2020
Talk about being thrown in the deep end. Played 2 games in 2 seasons and expected to do a job on city lol.
— Paul Dennis ? (@PaulDennis1) January 12, 2020
Off the pace
— NoelAV1874 (@Noelmurray19) January 12, 2020
Ship him back to Chelsea
— charlie morrison (@charlrugby) January 12, 2020
— John Donovan (@johndonavfc) January 12, 2020
Rough really rough but he was a lamb to the slaughter today Deano got his 'x11 all wrong formation personal everything
— Drew Walsh (@drewwalsh32) January 12, 2020
As debuts go, one of the worst I have ever seen.
— Paul Gordon (@paul_gordonh) January 12, 2020
Hung out to dry starting him. Terrible decision. Clearly not match fit
— Johno ? (@AvfcJohnson) January 12, 2020
Nakamba is far much better.
— Lesley D Marenga (@LesMarenga) January 13, 2020
He only made one pass that I can remember – looked way out his depth
— Digger of the Digdog (@villatid135) January 12, 2020
— WWIIILL Ross (@TheWillRoss) January 12, 2020
Awful should of never started this game to big
— duncan collie (@duncan_collie) January 12, 2020
Looked well off the pace today but look who we were playing. I’m not one for time at this level when your getting paid what they do… but this time maybe he deserves a little, chasing shadows today ??
— Paul Murrall (@prepfooduk) January 12, 2020
Looks rusty today and very slow pic.twitter.com/NXbQLGqX3p
— Maccavilla (@maccavilla69) January 12, 2020