Aston Villa’s form has picked up in the past month and that is testament to the job that Dean Smith is doing in the West Midlands.
Steve Bruce was sacked after struggling to inspire Aston Villa to a play-off push and Smith was brought in.
And where Bruce struggled to get the best out of some of his flair players, Smith is thriving with that task.
The two main examples of this are Yannick Bolasie and Anwar El Ghazi.
Both players had slow starts to the season under Bruce after securing loan moves from Aston Villa and Lille respectively.
But with more license to attack and play free-flowing football, they are reaching high levels under Smith.
For the first time this season, Bolasie and El Ghazi both started for the Villans as they claimed a 3-0 win away at Middlesbrough.
Bolasie’s slow start was mainly due to fitness concerns; he was coming back from a long-term injury and was limited to a few substitute cameos.
But since Smith has come in, the 29-year-old has upped his fitness levels, earned a place in the starting line-up and is terrorising Championship full-backs.
El Ghazi struggled to adjust to life in England but the 23-year-old is impressing as well now.
Both players are ready to lead Aston Villa’s promotion push and Smith must take credit for getting the best out of them.