It’s the lack of effort that hurts most

As Aston Villa fans, we know exactly what the club means to each and every one of us. We are passionate about Aston Villa Football Club. We want to to see passion from those in charge and expect to see the eleven men who take to the pitch displaying it too.

Whilst the boardroom has received a much needed overhaul, with football people and claret and blue blood added in recent weeks, the next target has to be the playing staff. A typically gutless performance on Saturday against Chelsea got myself and the season ticket holders around me chatting about who we would keep for next season in the Championship; it’s not a very long list.

The players we most want to keep are Jack Grealish, Alan Hutton and Rudy Gestede.

A season in the Championship might do Grealish the world of good, as he would be forced to work hard and toughen up a bit to survive.

Hutton, although he may not be a great player, is someone whose commitment and effort cannot be faulted. In a side full of lazy, disinterested players, he stands out as he always puts in a shift and works hard right until the death.

Rudy Gestede is a player I feel a bit sorry for. He’s never going to be twenty goals a season striker in the Premier League but if he hadn’t been let down by poor tactics and lack of supply into the box I think he would have a few more goals to his name. If we go back to basics next season and play with two men out wide and two up top I can see Gestede doing well for us. The Championship is his level.

I would also like to see Idrissa Gana stay with us for another season. He is one of the most underrated players in the Premier League in terms of breaking up play and winning the ball back.

When it comes to departures, the first three I would send packing would be Micah Richards, Joleon Lescott and Leandro Bacuna. None of them are worth their considerable wages, which is so disappointing considering two of the three are Premier League winners with bags of experience in the top flight.

I would also be happy to see Gabby Agbonlahor go. I wish him no ill and accept that he’s been a great servant over the years but he’s now past his peak and seemingly more trouble than he’s worth.

Aston Villa Football Club could be officially relegated on Saturday. I’ll be there. It will hurt and emotions will be running high. I just have to put my faith in the new board and hope that Hollis et al can do their jobs better than their predecessors, restoring some pride at the Midlands’ biggest club and bringing Aston Villa Football Club back to the top flight at the first time of asking.



  1. Why this board has not appointed Nigel Pearson beggars belief. He’s the only manager who will sort out this toxic squad and get
    the fans renewing their season tickets ready for the championship.

    Players out: Lescott, Richards, Gabby, Guzan, Westwood, sorry Hutton out, Bacuna, the French players (Amavi kept). Bring back Gardner and Baker and ban the toxic players from training with the new squad. I.e squad in on morning, toxic squad different day alone. Kenny Jackett did it with the Wolves toxic players.

    • Forget Pearson, he may get us up but we would then need a premiership manager which Pearson is not. It has to be Moyes, none of Pearson, Bruce, Dyche or Carver! would get fans renewing season tickets.

      As for players out agree with most except would keep Amavi, Gana, Ayew and Veretout, am undecided about Hutton, not a premier player but one of the only ones to consistently give 100%.

  2. From the outside it looks as if the owner has given up. I understand he’s tried unsuccessfully to sell up in the past, and is trying to spend as little as he can get away with, and refused to back Remi Garde with any money. In the championship you need scrappers, and I don’t see any of those at the club at present. Those players with a sell-on value, like Grealish will need to be sold in order to bring in the right players, unless Randy Lerner is prepared to dip into his pockets, which I doubt.

  3. It’s a mystery to me why some Villa fans keep saying Hutton always puts in a shift. I’ve been to 32 games this season and fail to see it.
    I see a poor defender who goes forward and usually crosses the ball into the first man and then hardly makes any effort to get back into position.
    He is Constantly out of position after an attack and this has cost us many goals this season.
    A player who puts a shift in would be busting a gut to get back into position and defend.
    Gabby , Lescott , Richards , Guzan and Bacuna need to be the first to go followed closely by Hutton , Veretout , cissokho , Sinclair , n’zogbia , Richardson & Westwood.
    Vtid Utv

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