Houston, I think we have a problem. A striker problem. Or at least, according to Alex McLeish, Aston Villa has a striker problem. For those of you who made it past the first half of the Stoke match without passing out, chin to chest, snoring a bit, you'll know that Emile Heskey didn't return to play the second half. His Achilles is bugging him again. Those who weren't sleeping -- did the Villa actually miss Ivanhoe? Or were others able to take on his role of poor passes and missing goals from close range?
Bent's injured and will possibly miss the match against Chelsea. Ivanhoe almost certainly will. In the next few days, we'll explore this further on the blog, talking about whether we think the lack of strikers at Villa truly is a problem. Stay tuned!