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Bjorn Engels’ Tottenham horror show is far cry from his solid Villa start

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Bjorn Engels’ Tottenham horror show is far cry from his solid Villa start

Aston Villa came up agonisingly short in their bid for points against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday, losing 3-2 at Villa Park.

Heung-min Son’s late winner broke Villa hearts to leave Dean Smith’s side vulnerable to slipping into the relegation zone.

They remain just one point above the drop, but 18th-placed West Ham United now have a game in hand on the Midlands outfit.

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Villa were, arguably, again their own worst enemy, with Spurs benefitting from mistakes from the hosts.

One man who had an afternoon to forget was Bjorn Engels, who replaced Tyrone Mings who missed out due to tonsilitis.

The Belgian struggled to contend with the pace and mobility of the Tottenham attackers, and gave away a penalty on Steven Bergwijn, which was missed by Heung-min Son.

 

Engels did grab his first goal for the club, but then made an untimely lapse to allow Son in to score an injury-time winner.

TBR’s view – Engels must recapture early Villa form

Villa are in serious trouble, and the rate at which they are conceding goals in alarming.

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Smith’s side have already conceded 50 goals this term, equating to two a game.

Engels, whose transfer will cost up to £9 million (Sky Sports), started his Villa Park career fairly brightly alongside Tyrone Mings, but in recent months has lost his way a little

Right now he unfortunately appears to be something of a weak link; Engels has shown he can be a capable top-flight defender, and if Villa are to have a chance of staying up, he’ll need to rediscover that initial form.

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