Aston Villa have been desperate to tie down James Chester to a new contract and the Welsh defender showed exactly why against Bolton Wanderers on Friday night. Chester pulled off an outstanding goal-saving clearance to preserve the home side’s lead and got himself on the scoresheet in the second-half to put the game to bed. Supporters were delighted with his performance and were full of praise on social media.
Because he’s the best defender in the league
— Hayden Froggatt (@hayden_froggatt) November 2, 2018
— James Lang (@LaNgY2004) November 2, 2018
And a goal too, top game he had ??
— ????????⚒MACKY⚒???????? (@86Seanie) November 3, 2018
Best defender in the league ???????.
— Jude Anstey (@jude_anstey) November 3, 2018
Chezzy was back to his best today. That could be a season defining moment!
— MrShafMan (@MrShafMan) November 2, 2018
The 32-cap centre-back joined Villa from West Bromwich Albion in 2016 and has gone on to make over 100 appearances in all competitions. Chester, who started his career at Manchester United before stints at Peterborough, Plymouth, Carlisle United and Hull City followed, is now the club captain at Villa Park and led by example to end his side’s poor run of form.
Friday’s victory over Bolton saw Villa go 13th in the Championship table, four points off the playoff places. They had suffered three defeats in four games prior to the win and were closer to the drop zone than the top-six, but now Dean Smith’s men can be more hopeful. Chester certainly played his part at both ends of the pitch and deserves all the recognition he’s getting.
Stats from Transfermarkt.