And relax! Aston Villa manager Dean Smith, his players and the supporters will be enjoying their weekend after their 2-0 win over Everton on Friday night.
Villa were yet to register a point since their return to the Premier League, but they proved their worth in an emphatic fashion, with Wesley and Anwar El Ghazi finding the back of the net against Marco Silva’s side.
Here we take a look at three things we learned as Villa earned their first three points of the campaign:
Never write off Wesley – It was a tough start for Wesley, who failed to get off the mark against Tottenham and Bournemouth previously which led to the summer signing being criticised. But it was a case of him getting used to England’s top-flight, and it is fair to say he is a quick learner.
Against Everton, he absolutely bullied Michael Keane and Yeri Mina, who struggled to stop him causing havoc in the final third. Wesley’s hold up play, the timing of his runs and his goal, were all proof that he has a bright future ahead of him.
Jota and Guilbert make brilliant starts – What a full debut for Jota! Whilst all the talk is going to be about goalscorer, Wesley, the guy who provided him with the assist for his goal was also outstanding on the right-hand side. He is the typical player that gets the supporters off their seat and he did that on a number of occasions against the Toffees.
Jota’s quick feet, quick thinking, silky skills and ability to pick out that fine pass were some of his standout moments against Marco Silva’s side, who simply couldn’t handle the Spaniard on the night. It was an impressive introduction for Jota, who will now be looking to cement his place in Dean Smith’s starting XI.
As for Guilbert, he played as an absolute mad man! During pre-season, he was outstanding, but on the opening day of the season, Smith opted to start Ahmed Elmohamady instead. Whilst the Egyptian didn’t do much wrong, Smith’s decision to bring Guilbert into the team was justified.
His off the ball run for Villa’s opening goal forced Everton’s fullback to be drawn to him, which as a result, opened up space for Wesley, who pounced and opened the scoring. Not only that, he worked his absolute socks off on the right and showcased his pace and strength in defence.
Heaton shows why Villa purchased him – Tom Heaton was Villa’s most experienced purchase in the summer and for many Villa’s best buy. But on his home debut against Bournemouth, he gave away a very rash penalty in the first minute, which ended up proving costly.
But against Everton, he showcased why Smith signed him up because whilst he didn’t have to make a host of saves when he was called up, he produced the goods. From being commanding in his penalty area to being in the right place to deny Everton from scoring. He got a crucial fingertip to Alex Iwobi’s shot which ended up hitting the post. Now that Heaton has shown his real self, Villa fans will be hoping for more of the same throughout the season.