Where are the Weaknesses?

Can Bruce be the star of the show on the stage?

Despite an impressive win over promotion rivals Cardiff I think it is safe to say that chances of automatic promotion are all but over. Before the playoffs we could do with taking a good look at the squad, assess why we have failed and where are the weaknesses?


The general feeling amongst fans I have spoken too feel that our fullback positions are still a big weakness for Villa. If we take Saturday’s defeat to Norwich at Carrow Road for example. Ahmed Elmohamady failed to put a half decent cross in all game. On top of that, he tends to hoof the ball at every opportunity and often be caught out of position.

Then we can move over to the left and Neil Taylor. When he signed, although I knew he wouldn’t be special, I felt he would do a solid consistent job. How wrong could I have been? He has massively disappointed me this season. Again on Saturday, he gave the ball away far too much for my liking.

Without a doubt, Alan Hutton has been a miss since his injury but with talk of his contract not being renewed, this is a massive weakness for Villa.


Another weakness highlighted on Saturday was the striking department. Scott Hogan once again struggled to make any real impact going forward. Lewis Grabban will always help out on the goal front but his work rate is a real problem and Villa are not strong enough to carry him.

Jonathan Kodjia is slowly returning to fitness and looked better and stronger last night against Cardiff while we shouldn’t put too much pressure on youngsters like Keinan Davis and Rushian Hepburn-Murphy.

One thing that really bothers me is the lack of movement up top. We are very lucky to have someone like Jack Grealish in the side, who tends to glide across the pitch effortless but his lack of options moving forward are a problem.

Another of our weaknesses are our wings. If Robert Snodgrass doesn’t make his time with Villa permanent then that will leave us with just Albert Adomah and Andre Green. Already the lack of competition has proven a problem this year when we have picked up injuries or players have been tired out of form.


Since we signed Sam Johnstone on loan from Manchester United we have been pretty solid between the sticks. Of course, Johnstone is far from the finished article but he is still young and he has a lot more positives about him that weaknesses.

The problem is, will we be able to keep him regardless of what league we will be in next season? Mark Bunn is our current back up but his contract runs out at the end of the summer leaving Jed Steer who is currently injured. Pierluigi Gollini‘s future is yet to be decided also.


Would you agree with the weaknesses? Have I missed some? Let me know you’re thoughts.

Automatic promotion may not be an option any longer but promotion through the play offs certainly are. Let’s hope we use our strengths to help us progress.


  1. It’s easy to single out individual players saying he did not do this or that . And yes players can have offf days when they do not perform well .
    But that is not the problem , and to realise what the issue is one needs to look @ both games we have won & those we have lost . Villa can outplay any team in the League and other teams have learnt that to stop us they have to hunt our players down in packs , and for the most part our players can not cope with that , although against Cardiff they showed that will not bottle against such tactics , & despite frequent maulings Jack got the winning goal .
    But at times our players do still need the strength to support each other & not just rely on nouce to outwit them

  2. reasonable assessment – our dip in form coincided with the loss of Hutton. He probably should have been a right-footed left back his entire career.

  3. Manager tactics, individuals have carried us we don’t play as a team ..goalkeeper has saved us so much its ridiculous. 6 right backs 1left back then our best left back should be a right back ..centre half’s steady ..midfield on paper OK but way to inconsistent of levels of performances ..forwards again have suffered as the team below them don’t create or see runs etc and that is all tactics to be fare..not giving youth more of a chance and old pals act is criminal – and go up buy more players – youth will get loaned out because Bruce will do old pals act and Livermore and Barton Abel Hernandez is not ambition .and to some up the senior players they are at there level here in the championship this squad n tactics is a million miles off prem. If we did go up sack Bruce and show real ambition in a true manager of pedigree not like the dross we have had before. That’s the best money spent at a club first and foremost. Just look at wolves and us the difference then think money loans free’s youth our squad we should a million miles better than oof ball at times.


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