I thought it would get easier. I thought I had seen the worst this team had to offer and I could no longer be shocked by it. Unfortunately, the Villans always seem to find a way of plunging to new depths of awfulness.
Saturday’s game against Chelsea was another example of a team completely inept in every department – defence, attack, organisation, effort and skill. On paper, that Chelsea team was probably the weakest one played all season and we made them look like Barcelona.
The next team sheet will be telling…
Eric Black, like Rémi Garde before him, has been reluctant to play some of our youth players, citing the negative atmosphere at the club as an excuse.
I find it almost inconceivable that playing first team football would be detrimental to any young player. They needn’t worry about the fans getting on their backs; we’ll get behind anyone who isn’t Lescott, Richards, Bacuna, Agbonlahor, Guzan et al.
There is no excuse for playing any of these senior players again. We are as good as down so I’ll be livid if I see any of those names on the team sheet for the Bournemouth game on Saturday. If they can hold their places after the last performance then it’s no wonder these players don’t try.
We need a different approach in the dugout
It pains me to say this: I wouldn’t be against Nigel Pearson as manager. I never thought that would be the case but, such is the malaise at the club, we need a no-nonsense approach and he could give us that.
Personally I would prefer Moyes or Dyche, although right now I would take anyone brave enough to give the job a go (apart from Dwight Yorke). As long as it is someone who will stand up to these so-called ‘big name’ players, it will be a start.
Support the U21s
On a slightly more positive note, a growing number of Villa fans have turned their disillusionment with the first team into support for Aston Villa’s Under 21 players, who are currently second in their league.
We have got some exciting players at that level who may be called upon next season: the likes of Green, Suliman, Lyden and Hepburn-Murphy could potentially make the step up to first team football soon.
I would advise Villa fans to turn their backs on the utter farce that is our first team for the rest of the season and get behind these young players who have actually been doing the shirt proud.