Aston Villa defender Axel Tuanzebe has looked a man reborn since the appointment of manager Dean Smith and played every minute of his first four games in charge.
The 20-year-old, who is on loan from Manchester United, saw his form suffer in the early stages of the campaign due to the fact his versatility meant he played both full-back and centre-back.
But the Englishman has now consolidated his spot in the heart of defence and is learning alongside James Chester.
Tuanzebe is beginning to build some momentum at centre-back with his form, but at the weekend faces a huge test in the clash against Derby County.
Villa travel to Derby for a Championship fixture on Saturday and Frank Lampard’s side have started to hit top form.
Rams centre-forward Jack Marriott is a man possessed in front of goal right now and is set to pose a real test for Tuanzebe.
The 24-year-old has scored four goals in his last five league matches, while also netting in the cup against Manchester United and Chelsea.
Tuanzebe is a powerhouse defender that is good in the air and has great pace, but one slip up against someone in Marriott’s form is likely to prove costly.