Who fits Emery's plan for Luton? Lucas Digne or Alex Moreno

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Aston Villa's tactical evolution under Unai Emery has reached a critical point – the left-back position. The ongoing battle between Alex Moreno and seasoned veteran Lucas Digne isn't about simple favoritism, but a strategic chess move with the potential to sway Villa's crucial match against Luton Town.

Digne was the undisputed starter for Villa, but an injury has thrust Moreno into the spotlight. His performance against Nottingham Forest raises questions. His substitution in the 59th minute, a yellow card, and involvement in a defence that conceded two goals highlight potential defensive vulnerabilities.

Digne, in contrast, has been a reliable force this season, starting 18 out of his 21 appearances and contributing 2 assists. His performance against Luton on October 29th was particularly notable, showcasing both defensive tenacity and intelligent involvement in the attacking build-up.

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Emery's system demands full-backs who are offensive weapons as much as defensive stalwarts. Digne's career Premier League statistics tell the story: 24 assists and an average of 37.9 passes per match demonstrate his ability to create and deliver from wide areas. This offensive edge could be precisely what Villa needs to unlock stubborn defences.

Of course, competition breeds excellence. Moreno's arrival has injected fresh energy into the squad. Emery's final decision will likely hinge on Digne's fitness for the Luton match and specific tactical considerations. Yet, Digne's track record of consistent contributions both in defence and attack makes him a compelling choice for the starting role.

As Aston Villa prepares for the critical Luton clash, one thing is certain: the left-back decision isn't trivial. Lucas Digne's experience, two-way play, and 2 assists this season offer a sense of dependable quality.

Moreno might offer flashes of brilliance, but ultimately, Digne's proven Premier League pedigree, and his potential return from injury, could be the key ingredient that solidifies Villa's defence and ignites their attack against Luton. Whoever starts, Emery's choice will echo through this crucial fixture.