A new manager can bring about various changes for a club. A new style, a new philosophy an upturn in fortunes. For some players, it can present a new opportunity at a football club. Aston Villa is no different.
Henri Lansbury was bought in the same transfer window as Conor Hourihane. You could say their careers at the club have gone down a very different path.
Bought on the back of a talismanic performance against us for former club Nottingham Forest, his combative, goal scoring style seemed perfect for Villa. Having initially being preferred to Hourihane, his time after his initial weeks at the club has been sporadic, which injury hasn’t helped. His time under Steve Bruce ended with him not making the matchday squad.
A new manager represents an opportunity for Lansbury to make an impact. With an increase in confidence and a run of games, a positive impact could be made. Will Lansbury take his chance in a squad full of midfielders? I often wonder what the odds are on Lansbury looking for a new club. Betting sites like Max free bets will no doubt start to give odds the closer we get to the transfer window.
The acquisition of Scott Hogan never made sense to me. It always seemed short term, a purchase to stop anybody else from having him almost. Despite a slow start, the Villa faithful have stuck by Hogan. They could see the ability, a Bruce style of play would never fully harness. Hogan thrives of movement around him. When he did get a run of games spearheading an attack of Albert Adomah, Jack Grealish and Robert Snodgrass this was clear to see. It resulted in his most effective run of games for the club.
Starting the season injured and behind Jonathan Kodjia and Tammy Abraham in the pecking order, it seemed like Hogan’s time at the club would be wasted. The clubs and the fans desire for a manager who will a play more expansive attacking style of football and the development of this ethos at the club, coupled with the potential for Hogan’s former manager Dean Smith to take charge are huge positives for Hogan. It is a bold claim, but it wouldn’t surprise me that whoever the manager may be that Hogan finishes the season as our top scorer.
Currently, on loan at Port Vale, Mitch Clark was perhaps the less exciting defensive prospect when compared to England Under 20 captain Easah Suliman. But their current loan spells couldn’t be more different.
Clark dropped down to Division 2 where he has made 11 appearances for Port Vale. Suliman travelled to Eredivisie team FC Emmen on loan, where he hasn’t played a game so far.
Clark has also earned a positive reception for his performances from the Port Vale faithful. Should he continue to impress, the new manager may look to recall him in January. Whether it is realistic is yet to be seen, but it would match the clubs ambition and fans desire.