Aston Villa midfielder Douglas Luiz was praised by former manager Pep Guardiola last night following the hosts 2-1 loss against Manchester City.
Speaking to Birmingham Live following Villa’s loss to the Premier League leaders, the Spanish manager was asked about the Brazilian international, with City having a buy-back option for the midfielder should they wish to re-sign the 22-year-old, and his impact on the Birmingham-based club, with Guardiola full of praise for his former player.
Luiz has been a consistent player in Dean Smith’s Villa side, with the midfielder starting all but three Premier League games this season for the Villains, with Jermaine Jenas labelling the former Vasco da Gama star as one of the most ‘underrated’ players in the division on Match of the Day.
And Guardiola appears to share a similar opinion on Luiz, with the City manager saying on Luiz: “He’s a guy who plays all of the minutes. He’s an important player for Aston Villa. A guy who’s clever with the ball, so physically strong. He’s a lovely, lovely guy,” the Spanish coach later added: “Today, when he was involved in the game, defensively, offensively, he was good.”
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Whilst Luiz has won plaudits from both his former manager and Jenas, one group he is yet to impress in recent weeks is Villa fans, who have been critical of the Brazilian in recent weeks due to his performances for the club.
With only two wins in their last ten league games, Villa’s drop off in recent weeks has fans worrying about what it could mean for next season, yet it is easy to forget that injuries have played a big factor in this dip of form, with captain Jack Grealish missing the past nine matches, yet criticism for Luiz has been unfair.
It is easy to forget that the 22-year-old is a full international for one of the powerhouses of the beautiful game, and his past performances for Villa across this season and the last prove that he is a player of significant quality and that he, and the majority of the team, are only experiencing a dip in form which will likely recover once Grealish is back to full-fitness.