The latest addition of Robert Snodgrass on loan from West Ham has gone down pretty well with the fans and why not? He’s worked under Steve Bruce before and has proved himself in the Championship, Premier League and adds, even more, depth to our squad.
Forgetting his brief time as a West Ham player, which has so far gone as badly as their season, he should be above and beyond the requirements in the Championship.
Snodgrass is surely our final signing in yet another very busy window. Tony has once again flexed his financial muscle this summer and done all he can to set us up for the rest of the season. In fact, when Snodgrass signed, it dawned on me that our squad may have the biggest depth in the division.
We have three or four players who are able to play pretty much every position. I would even go beyond that and say we have three or four quality players in each position. With Kienan Davis, Andre Green and Josh Onomah all in good form, our squad actually looks stronger than ever.
So why aren’t we winning games?
In truth, I’ve been asking myself this question ever since we dropped down into the Championship. You can blame the manager, the players, our formation, philosophy – whatever you like – but the fact is that we should be winning a lot of games with this squad.
Our forwards boast some of the best goalscoring records in the Championship (before coming to Villa of course), with Jonathan Kodjia putting them in for fun and Scott Hogan starting to find his feet this campaign.
In midfield, we have numerous different options. On the wings, Bruce can choose from Albert Adomah, Ahmed Elmohammedy, Snodgrass, Green and Birkir Bjarnason to name a few. In the middle: Mile Jedinak, Glenn Whelan, Onomah, Henri Lansbury, Conor Hourihane. I could go on but I won’t.
So, hopefully, this depth will benefit us during the long Championship season. When we’re playing in the busy festive season or on tricky Tuesday nights, we should be able to make changes and still name a very strong team. Not many clubs have that luxury.
You could argue that this just makes the manager’s job harder. Bruce, still, it seems, is tinkering with his starting 11 in a bid to finally find his strongest side and the best system to play them in. He has a while to figure it out over the long international break. One excuse that we can never make though, is that we don’t have enough quality players. We have plenty, we just need them to start getting us points now.