Since the FC Groningen game, some Villa fans have become abusive in expressing their criticisms of the team. Is this really necessary?
Although the team’s performance was poor, fans should not be calling for Lambert’s head before the season has even begun. Various journalists also feel that this pre-season campaign has been one to forget, with Charlie Scott from ‘The Daily Mail’ calling it “poor”. He also mentioned the Chesterfield defeat. However, the majority of the places in the team were taken up by youngsters from the U-21 squad. Charlie Scott didn’t consider the 3-1 victory against Mansfield, the 2-0 win against FC Dallas or the 1-0 against Houston Dynamo.
There have been some positives this pre-season for Villa fans, one of them being the re-emergence of Charles N’Zogbia, who has scored two goals so far in the friendlies. The team missed his attacking presence last season and it now seems that the Villans will benefit from it next season.
Another positive is the sight of Ron Vlaar in a Villa kit sitting on the bench. There has been seemingly endless speculation about a possible move away from Villa Park since his impressive World Cup displays and Vlaar turning up at the team’s hotel before the game hopefully shows his dedication and desire to continue playing in claret and blue.
Finally, the return of Benteke and Kozak gives fans something to look forward to. Even though they won’t be fit enough for the start of the season, they are set to return ahead of schedule, which is a major positive, as the season changed for the worse when they both were injured last season. Kozak came into the team at Norwich to replace the injured Benteke and when Kozak broke his leg Benteke returned from his injury setbacks. Without these two players, we could have struggled more than we did, which is hard to stomach.
Despite the pre-season being “poor”, Villa fans have a reason to remain positive for the next few weeks before the season kicks off. That is when results will count and when the team should be judged as the key focus at present is on ensuring that the players are fit enough for the demands of the season ahead.