Following a dismal display against Manchester United, a team most Villa fans thought we would have a chance against because of their up-and-down season under new manager David Moyes, at the weekend, it’s clear that something needs to change in B6.
To start with a positive, it was nice to see a player like Marc Albrighton come back onto the Villa Park pitch and put in a good performance. A few months ago, I had written him off and felt he had no future with Villa but, if he shows the right attitude and can put in consistent performances, he may get his chance under Paul Lambert.
After a fairly promising start to the season, we are looking like a side that might struggle down at the bottom of the table again this season. Having seen Villa play at the weekend, I found the team had lost its drive and commitment to the claret and blue shirt, something that had always been a positive in our performances. Benteke seemed frustrated on many occasions as he didn’t get much service, although he didn’t have a particularly good game anyway so we could debate whether he would have had been effective even with better service.
It was refreshing, however, to see Lambert admit for once that Villa got it wrong as a team, instead of his usual post-match interview containing sentences such as, “I am proud of the lads. They worked hard”. Something needs to be done to reignite the players’ commitment to,and passion for, the football club and to improve the teams performances. This, ultimately, is Lambert’s responsibility. I have never been one to criticise Lambert but now, for the first time, I am questioning whether he has run out of ideas.
With January approaching, I believe Lambert needs to look at buying some quality Premier League players. The players he brought in from all over the place in the summer window have done little to impress me so far. He might finally have to realise that experience is a great quality in a team and that having youngsters throughout the team is not the answer.
Who would you like to see Lambert bring in during the January window? I have to admit that, even if we do approach established players, I wonder whether they would want to move to B6.
It’s been a testing fortnight for Villa fans, with a loss to Fulham and another home defeat at the weekend. Our defeats at home are even more worrying when the football we play is dull, as it makes it difficult to understand why we pay so much money to watch the team. Well, because we are Villa fans, we accept the ups and downs and we have to stay behind the boys in claret and blue.
Life as a Villan is very difficult at the moment and I can feel the negativity slowly growing inside of me. If we don’t improve soon, the negativity will turn into worries about another relegation scrap towards the end of the season. Let’s hope Lambert and his players give us all some festive cheer – and fast.