Aston Villa have made a remarkable start to the 2020/21 season.
The Midlands club are currently the only side in the Premier League to still have a 100% record, having claimed maximum points from their first four games.
The highlight was undoubtedly the 7-2 thumping of Liverpool before the international break, where Dean Smith’s attackers ran riot.
But one of the main reasons for Villa’s great start has been the budding defensive partnership between Ezri Konsa and Tyrone Mings.
Having leaked goals regularly last term, Villa have started the current campaign having conceded just twice so far – making them the best defensive team in the division.
Konsa and Mings have been outstanding at the back together, and one does wonder if it’s the beginning of the end for Bjorn Engels.
TBR’s View – Engels with lots of work to do
Engels started well at the club following his move that cost up to £9m from Reims (Sky Sports).
He finished 2019/20 out of the side due to injury having lost his place around halfway through, and it seems he is now way down in the pecking order, with Kortney Hause also in there for competition.
He may get the odd substitute appearance here and there, and feature in the FA Cup once the competition starts up again.
But there is a feel that Engels may not be sticking around for much longer given how solid Mings (£20 million, BBC Sport) and Konsa (£12 million, BBC Sport) are looking, especially given he was linked (Walfoot) with a move to Anderlecht during the international transfer window which may tells its own story.