1. Creative Lads
Hang on a minute, didn’t we need a creative midfielder and winger seasons ago? At MOMS we even got bored about writing posts on the need for a decent attacking midfielder. Momentum is gathering to the rumours that Villa have sealed the deal for four million Euros for Valencia’s 22-year-old attacking midfielder Carles Gil.
Is he any good? I hear you cry. No idea. He’s on the outskirts of the current Valencia team and at 22 doesn’t look like the finished product. Indeed Valencia seem to want to loan him out for more game time.
To be honest, there’s as much chance as him becoming another Antonio Luna than being Villa’s saviour, if Villa continue to play with little movement or intelligence going forward. Gil will have to come in and play with immediate confidence to make an impact in a Villa shirt.
Will Villa’s need for more width and better deliveries be answered with the possible signing of Scott Sinclair too? Villa were currently put off by Manchester City’s £2.5 million asking price on top of his wages. Even at just 25, many feel that Sinclair’s best years could be behind him judging by the fact he hasn’t performed well at City or while on loan to West Brom last season. Thus if Villa were to take the gamble on Sinclair they would be looking to shave a million off the asking price and also potentially more than half the winger’s current 50k a week wages.
While both may hopefully add spark and dimension to Villa’s attack, it would be good to also get somebody in tried and trusted in the January window.
2. We didn’t lose 8-0
I lost count of the amount of clean cut chances Leicester had against Villa. If David Nugent had his shooting boots on he’d have bagged an easy hat-trick. 3-0 would have been a fair result and it could have been even worse than that. Lambert got lucky in that respect.
3. We did score
Yes, Villa had the ball in the net! Christian Benteke’s finish was pretty decent. Yeah, ok, it was offside, but still, it’s a step in the right direction. A baby step.
4. Possession is King?
Possession is good right? 62% against Leicester, 69% against Crystal Palace, and even 57% away at the possession gurus Swansea. How good are we! Earlier in the season, the team were lucky to chalk up over 35% of a game’s possession. That was judged to be the root of the problem on the pitch for Villa. Problem solved…nah. Now we manage to boss the majority of possession, life seems to have got even worse result-wise. How so? Check this out:
Er, we’re not last in the Shooting Accuracy category in the above table…
Thanks to Villans Gary Beesley, Conor Higgins and James Parry for their input. UTV
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