Paul Lambert has tipped Matt Lowton to come back strong after being left out of the side for the win at Norwich.
Boss Lambert revealed that Lowton wasn't injured at Carrow Road but was on the sidelines due to a slight dip in form.
Lowton was a revelation in the previous campaign, as he cemented himself as first-choice right-back in a season where he was a virtual ever-present.
Lambert thinks this consistently high form means you notice more keenly when he's not hitting those heights.
But the Villa boss thinks it's only a matter of time before he's back to his very best.
He said: "I have spoken to Matty.
"His level of performance for last year was extremely high. When you come off it a bit, it's probably more noticeable.
"I can't fault Matty. He played 40-odd games and he was extremely high in his consistency levels.
"It won't do him any harm as a young lad to be taken out of the firing line.
"But he will come back strong. If he plays against Tottenham, I know exactly what I'll get from him."
Lambert was very impressed with his replacement at Carrow Road - Leandro Bacuna.
Bacuna had probably his best game in claret and blue as he kept tricky Nathan Redmond quiet throughout the 90 minutes.
Bacuna has previously played as a right winger too - and Lambert likes his versatility.
He added: "He can play in a few roles which is great.
"He did excellently on Saturday against a little lad who has been going rally well for Norwich.I don't think he went by his once.
"The thing with Leo is he's really quick. He's a young guy, just here, but I am delighted with him."
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