A mixed performance against Liverpool at Anfield, and Jack makes an international commitment. But What did Aston Villa fans learn from last week?
I THOUGHT WE WERE EXCELLENT: PART II
A weakened Liverpool at Anfield is still Liverpool – a team with a rich history of winning more than they lose. One of Sherwood’s philosophies when he had his summer re-shuffle was to bring in players with a winning mentality. Perhaps he should have told them he was going to be introducing them to a losing streak once they got here.
There were hopes the win over Birmingham City would fire everyone up and lead us on a tear up the league. Not so, it would seem (initially at least). The Blues game could have ended with a draw quite easily.
Saying things about the team’s form to come or its record at Anfield in the past, even if it makes some logical sense, doesn’t make it so. It doesn’t allow for individual mistakes, injuries, other individuals raising their game and so on.
The fact is that talk is cheap – ask Paul “ITWWExcellent” Lambert all about how to present a defeat constructed in part by his team’s mistakes as some kind of moral victory – and Villa lost again and are in the bottom three.
KEEP IT SIMPLE, STUPID
Trying to polish a turd, as anyone who has tried it will warrant, will leave you with a polished turd.
Bringing in players with flair and class and then either hammering it out of them (see Lambert, Paul) or saying “Well… go on then!” the day after they get here isn’t going to get things going overnight. It’s not as easy as flicking a switch.
In Gestede we have a classic Aston Villa number 9. Some have been better, some not as good even when passing judgment this early in the season. Sinclair’s bright start seems to have dried up and with Veretout and Ayew only showing flashes on what they may or may not become, it might be that fancy football might have to be not sacrificed but compromised to get wins when we deserve them.
Graham Taylor’s team of the late ‘80s managed to combine flair, strength and long balls to achieve promotion back to the top flight and a runners-up spot in the title race. Sherwood could always look at that team, those personalities, that blend, and realise a few tweaks and recognition that Villa had been allowed to run into extreme disrepair in the seasons before he arrived and sometimes a band-aid and a “good enough” performance could turn the form of the team quicker than a new coat of paint to make them look fancier.
Grealish is going with the nationality of the country he was born in – good for him. As the FA begins to up its required quota of homegrown players over the coming seasons, it’s makes him more valuable to Villa as he reaches his prime and also will command a heftier price tag if he’s ever sold. It’s a win-win… which is ironic as Villa haven’t won two in a row since….
Finally, it was confimed that Villa Park still looks like the palace it is – even when it’s hosting the wrong sport.
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