‘Come on, Steve. Enough is enough. It was a nice idea. A noble idea. But it’s got to stop.’
Paul Lambert continued where he left off as Villa manager: masterminding a Villa defeat. What did Aston Villa fans learn from a new low point of the season after a the latest toothless, uninspiring performance at Molineux?
With Agbonlahor filling in for the absent Jonathan Kodjia up front and Ross McCormack getting in the team with regularity for Jordan Ayew, fans were starting to question the sale of Rudy Gestede after the Wolves game.
One McCormack header in particular had Rudy’s name all over it. This division needs physical forwards to mix it up – being polite, neither McCormack and Agbonlahor look the part. The team couldn’t manage a single shot on target.
For all Rudy’s faults, his strengths could have won the game for Villa today particularly when the crosses came flying in as the game went on. It might be a stretch given his last couple of performances (and Steve Bruce admitting he sees him leaving in this transfer window) but 27-year-old 6ft 3ins forward Libor Kozak might be worth a last roll of the dice until the AFCON wraps up. At least he is tall and can head the ball.
GREEN LIGHT FOR ANDRE
The Villa midfield is lightweight and erratic. One of the few bright spots of the Wolves game was Andre Green coming on for the last half an hour and livening things up. Bacuna should be fearing for his place because despite his versatility Bacuna offers little quality and has proved over his Villa tenure that he is not good enough to hold down a regular place.
If we fall out of contention for promotion, Bruce (or whoever is manager at that point – Dr X will not tolerate failure) should consider whatever games are left as the perfect time to get the kids ready for another season in the Championship, not rely on the players responsible for Villa being there in the first place.
In short: time is up for some of our players. If the new midfielders arrive, the deadwood should be sold in this window to the highest bidders.
GABBY AS VILLA’S STARTING STRIKER
Come on, Steve. Enough is enough. It was a nice idea. A noble idea. But it’s got to stop.
Relying on statistics in football doesn’t always give the full picture, but lesser men would look at the performance against Wolves and not consider him for the Preston game.
Graham Taylor famously described the Villa squad he inherited when he joined the club as “a shambles”. He then proceeded to get the players in to get the team promoted, keep them up, then finish second in the top flight.
One of the great man-managers, he got the best out of what he had, brought in leaders and strong characters, and while it wasn’t always pretty to watch, he won football games.
Those fans who don’t remember the Taylor years should find the video of the 6-2 win over Everton. Or the wins over Manchester United and Arsenal during the chase for the title.
He restored faith in the fans and gave them some unforgettable games (and signings: Platt, Yorke, McGrath to name but a few). He will never be forgotten.
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