Bacuna wants substance to match Villa’s style

Date published: Saturday 5th September 2015 2:11 - James Marshment

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Leandro Bacuna has urged Aston Villa to return to winning ways as soon as possible – starting with their clash with high-flying Leicester next Sunday.

The 23-year-old Dutchman has started every Premier League game this season and says he’s enjoying the brand of football that Tim Sherwood’s men are playing.

But after a promising start to the season which saw them win at Bournemouth and advance in the Capital One Cup, they have since lost to Manchester United and Crystal Palace while failing to see off a spirited Sunderland side last week.

Speaking to the Birmingham Mail, Bacuna said: “The football we’re playing is enjoyable.

“We’re very fluid at the moment and our players are all switching positions.

“Players have the opportunity to come inside and play wherever they want which makes it really difficult for the opposition.

“We need to start winning games. though.

“Leicester are up next and that’s going to be tough. It won’t be easy to win there because they have had a really good start to the season.”

The Foxes are third in the league and one of only three teams to remain unbeaten this season.

Tim Sherwood

But Bacuna is encouraged by Villa’s brave approach under Sherwood.

Typically the claret and blues either win games or end up losing them because they’ve gone all out for victory.

That is refreshing for those who pay their money to watch the team but the right-back insists they have more qualities to grind out results this time around.

“After last week’s draw with Sunderland the manager seemed please,” Bacuna explained.

“He said to keep our heads up, even though we didn’t win the game.

“He said we at least got a draw and in previous games we were losing these sort of games, so keep going.

“The important thing was that nothing bad happened, we didn’t play bad as a team and that’s important, to keep our confidence high.”

Bacuna is certainly enjoying his time as a first-team regular again after he was cast aside by former boss Paul Lambert.

“You can’t be afraid to take the ball out there,” he said.

“You are not a Premier League footballer for no reason.

“You’re playing at this level because you’ve got quality so hiding is not the best thing to do. He wants us to go out there and play which is what I try to do.”

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