This is a great article submitted by hiphop, he analysis the situation and give’s some very interesting points to consider.
Just before the Man city game and possibly even mid-way through it (before half time), we as Aston villa fans were quietly confident at the ability of our team as we had clearly demonstrated how good we were against the devils, as yet again: we saw glimpses of credibility and talent amongst our youngsters. However, fast forward… A disastrous 5-0 defeat against the champions has left us in disarray and frustration as we try to find the source of our problems…
I wish I could pin point the exact problem within our team, but I genuinely think that this team is good enough for mid tabled prosperity and I do think there are some factors surrounding our inconsistency. One being, that we run ourselves out before the match is even over. More than once, (Man. Utd game being an example), the majority of the team seem fatigued after the mid way point which could represent the underdevelopment and time needed for our youngsters (the likes of Bannan and Clark) to gain full match stamina. One solution for this would be to always take off youngsters at half time and play more experienced players to completely kill off the game (such as Holman and El Ahmadi).
I do also think (and this maybe deemed ridiculous), the fact that we need more experience particularly in defence, and one way around this (for now) is to play Richard Dunne in the middle with Vlaar. Even though Clark is a strong defender, I do think that he lacks in experience of the fast flowing Premier League and I think that Dunne can keep out the goals that are flowing in towards the latter stages of the game.
Finally, I think that I can finally accept that Darren Bent is needed again so he can stop pretending about his injury now! I think that Weimann demonstrated last night his inexperience as, a proper Premier League player would try to make amends for a penalty decision against him by trying to score as opposed to getting flustered and swearing, which is where I think we as a team (and not just Weimann but the rest of the team) went wrong in the Man city game certainly. The pressure overrode our players and so they began to get nervous and give the ball away. Simple. Nobody saw Man Utd get jittery when they were losing did they? So we come to the conclusion that our team needs more confidence and experience instilled into them. Also, I believe that Darren Bent and Benteke should be a partnered focal point within our team because we simply are not scoring enough at all (even though the last time this was tried, we lost 4-1 against a below par Southampton team). I think that since the Southampton game we have improved hugely, even if the results haven’t been coming our way…YET.
Furthermore, I do also think that all of you people who want Lambert or Randy Lerner’s head can just stop completely. DO you seriously think that Harry Redknapp would come to Villa, and also: do you really think that we can find an owner to take on our masses in debt? In January, I do expect us to invest, but in young players who will be very rewarding for us eventually. We are only just getting started so will everyone just CALM DOWN… I have faith and so should you.