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Aston Villa fans react to Danny Drinkwater’s debut in thrashing by Manchester City

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Aston Villa fans react to Danny Drinkwater’s debut in thrashing by Manchester City

The Chelsea loanee was thrown in at the deep end and had a torrid game.

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.

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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.

 

 

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