Are there any positives?

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The current state of Aston Villa Football Club has made it difficult to write about anything positive. Supporters have only seen one measly league victory all season. With one win in the Premier League, I cannot help but think that things could have been so different, if only the team had kept hold of the lead at The King Power Stadium…

Just look at the two teams now. I am not saying that we would be at the top of the Premier League had we won that day – but we probably wouldn’t be languishing at the bottom of the table. It was Tim Sherwood’s tactical naivety that cost us that game, as well as other games.

We have put in some good performances over the campaign but even good performances do not guarantee results. Even when we do put in a good performance, it is only for part of the game. Look at the Newcastle United game, for example. In the first half we were atrocious and fans wanted the game to be abandoned. Then a new look, fearless Aston Villa side emerged in the second half and took the game to the Geordies. Both teams had chances to win the game but failed to do so.

Several players have wilted under pressure. There is one player who should carry and motivate the team – and that is Micah Richards. The former Manchester City man claims that his best position is at the heart of defence even though he does not have any positional sense at all. Ian Wright was right to criticise the former England international. Although Richards took exception to the television pundit’s critique, it should have been a wake-up call for the Aston Villa team captain. Instead, a week later, he was worse than ever.

Brad Guzan was once player of the season for the club but has since lacked competition for his starting spot and he is too comfortable. Yet again on Saturday, he was beaten at his near post, which is something that teams are now starting to pick up on. I can’t be the only one to get nervous every time the ball goes back to him; he is now a liability. His performance against Blackburn Rovers in the 6-4 thriller still gives me nightmares.

I feel that there are two players who can say that they have done their best and tried to change the club’s fortunes. They are Jordan Ayew and Jordan Veretout. They are creative sparks but the players around them let them down. Ayew has the work rate of Weimann but has much more quality than the Austrian. Veretout is dangerous at set pieces, which is something we have lacked since Ashley Young left for Manchester United.

It is going to be a remarkable turnaround if the club stays up this season. With eight points on the board after twenty Premier League games, it is unsurprising that fans are already planning their trips to grounds like Elland Road next season. The club is in a sorry state, courtesy of Tom Fox and Randy Lerner. These men have torn the club apart. With relegation looming, we can only hope that Aston Villa Football Club, once a proud, respected English football club, can re-emerge from the shadows.

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  1. amavi looked to be a good buy too,,, and would have and will get better,,,,

    vertout and ayew are probably the pick of the bunch,,, gana has been ok too and all these players would look like great buys if they played in a good team,,,

    our defence improved last year when clark and okore were drafted in as an emergency,, baker and vlaar
    also did ok coming in when needed

    and bacuna created many goals and chances,,,,

    so to go back to hutton and shove in richards who is a right back with a history of poor positional play at times and switching off its no surprise to see the defence in disarray
    losing amavi was an utter disaster,, as it cut a big part of our attacking threat and meant we had to play richardson who offers little going forward and is weak defensively
    on top of this hutton gets the nod over bacuna,,, hutton bombs forward but in truth creates nothing while leaving that side exposed especially as he is often left with little protection from midfield
    he too has weaknesses which are being exposed time after time
    but he gives everything,,,,,,,,,, and i cant fault that
    bacuna is also a weak defender and had lost his effectiveness with benteke out of the team and was not playing well hence huttons recall,,,,,,
    so we started the season with a shaky goalie,, a right back with big faults, a center back who is a right back
    a new centerback who has seen better days, lescott although one of us has struggled alongside richards
    and a new french left back with no premier experience,,,,,

    this is where it has gone pete tong,,,,,,, compounded by poor service to poor forwards,,,,,

    look at the utter dross we have,,, gabby, zoggy, kozac, gestede, and ayew who has improved but looks lost when playing up on his own

    its enough to make you weep

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