Aston Villa’s Growing Pains on the Pitch Assessed
Without a win in their first four games back after the Premier League restart, Aston Villa are now starring down both barrels of an instant return to the Championship. With West Ham beating a Chelsea team that had recently played Villa off the park, the table does not make for great reading when you consider Villa have to play both Liverpool and Manchester United next.
After the 1-0 loss to Wolves, the My Old Man Said podcast looked at Villa’s increasing on-field problems, as improved defensive shape seems to have shackled any cutting edge going forward. Seriously, how can a team that is relying on two strikers that have scored a combined total on one goal this season for Villa, fire themselves out of their current predicament?
Can Villa find any bite going forward to trouble Liverpool or Manchester United? Games they surely must get something from, to have a chance of being competitive in the relegation battle with four games to go.
The show also looks at the end of W88 as Villa’s main sponsor (and the start of…er…Kazoo?), Villa players leaving the club, Liverpool’s title win, Neil Warnock’s return and a new manager for Northern Ireland in the shape of Ian Baraclough.
In Overrated or Underrated, it’s time for Alan Wright and Bosko Balaban to go under the knife.
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