Paddy Davitt: Norwich City player ratings after a 5-1 Premier League rout to Aston Villa

Norwich City suffered a humiliating 5-1 Premier League defeat to Aston Villa 
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Norwich City suffered a humiliating 5-1 Premier League defeat to Aston Villa Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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Group Football Editor Paddy Davitt has posted his marks following the Canaries' 5-1 Premier League humbling.

Here is Paddy's verdict on Daniel Farke's depleted troops, who crashed to the heaviest home defeat of his era on the head coach's 100th league game in charge.

- Michael McGovern

He won't forget his full Premier League debut in a hurry. Breathtaking double penalty stop from Wesley. Had already denied the same player with a fine close range stop. But no protection whatsover. If it was not poor defending it was pinpoint finishing from long range. 6

- Max Aarons

Front foot again in City's best first half spell. Needed more assistance defensively at times with Villa expertly working the overloads in wide areas. Might on reflection have got out quicker to Douglas Luiz, although the finish was spectacular. 5

- Ibrahim Amadou

More evidence for the prosecution the sooner he is re-deployed the better for all concerned. Positionally looks all over the shop in central defence. Witness his near post disappearing act for the Villa second goal. Another terrible pass in the mould of his Burnley effort eventually got the treatment from Luiz. Could have ended the game on the scoresheet but headed over a fierce cross. 4

- Ben Godfrey

Fantastic commitment to play on and delay a hernia op until the international break. But so poor on the opening goal. Playing Wesley onside and then misjudged Anwar El Ghazi's cross. Not much better on the second goal, in opting to hold his position rather than latch onto Wesley to cap a nightmare opening half for City's centre backs. 4

- Jamal Lewis

Allowed El Ghazi time to turn and cross for Wesley's opener. Brave to play through the pain barrier after damaging elbow ligaments the previous week. His head coach admitted afterwards that was clearly a factor in a below-par display 5

- Kenny McLean

Cumbersome challenge on Conor Hourihane rightly conceded a penalty. It's not working with Moritz Leitner. Too much ground to try and shut down as Villa's midfield bossed proceedings. Most noticeably when Jack Grealish escaped for the third goal. 4

- Moritz Leitner

Couple of key early blocks to deflect goalbound efforts. But that tells you everything when his most effective contributions come without the ball. Left trailing in Grealish's wake. To get the best out of him he needs robust operators alongside him who can do the dirty work. 5

- Emi Buendia

Not the best ball from Kenny McLean but silly trick in a dangerous area of the pitch backfired when Matt Targett robbed him and Hourihane applied the rapier finish. 4

- Marco Stiepermann

Farke said pre-match he needs to up the productivity. Spurned a number of chances in the first quarter. But a real lack of conviction. Looks a shadow of the player who was so influential in the Championship. 4

- Todd Cantwell

Part of a lightweight midfield. Plenty of headlines in the opening games. Rightly so. But this is a fallow period. Needs the experienced operators to guide him through. 5

- Teemu Pukki

Unless you expect him to don the Superman cape on a weekly basis needs better support and better service. Bottled up again by close attention from opposition defenders. No real sight at goal. Booked for hauling back Grealish. 5

City substitutes

- Patrick Roberts n/a

(for Marco Stipermann, 76)

- Dennis Srbeny n/a

(for Todd Cantwell, 80)

- Josip Drmic n/a

(for Teemu Pukki, 84)

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