​Aston Villa picked up their second win of the season with a 1-0 victory at home to Crystal Palace on Tuesday night, and returning defender Aly Cissokho was one of many to come away with praise for his performance after nullifying the Eagles’ threat in the wide areas. He’s only been back at Villa Park for two weeks after a failed loan spell at Porto but has fit in seamlessly so far.

Cissokho could have been fearing the worst after having the likes of Jason Puncheon for company. He would also have to deal with Bakary Sako and Wilfried Zaha rotating positions with Puncheon, and all three boast pace and power so they’re a difficult trio to keep quiet. However, the Villans kept a clean sheet and Cissokho did his defensive work diligently.

No Villa player made as many interceptions as the 28-year-old, but Cissokho was also a threat at the other end of the pitch. He whipped in more crosses than any of his teammates over the 90 minutes, and was accurate with his long ball distribution too. His performance left supporters bemused as to why he was loaned out in the first place.


Nevertheless, he and the rest of the squad played their part to Villa ending a 19-game wait for a win in the Premier League, and it appears Aly Cissokho has picked up where he left off for the side. Wearing shirt number 43, it speaks volumes how quickly he’s been thrown into the squad for Villa’s last three games so soon after a lengthy spell of inactivity at Porto.