Hey all! I’ve got a simple tactical idea for how Aston Villa can soar up the Premier League table:
Rémi Garde should actually play Villa’s best XI.
Shocking, right? Who’d have thunk a team with Carles Gil and Jordan Ayew leading the attack would be better than one with Gabby Agbonlahor the focal point?
But of course, here’s where Villa shot themselves in the foot: After putting in a good performance against Swans, Ayew was dropped. His penalty and goal off the bench in the last two games? Each of them brought it back to 2-1, but ultimately, there was too much work left for Villa to do.
And this is the thing Villa have been completely terrible at this year — put on a nice attacking performance at Leicester City, make dumb changes to throw it away and suddenly two games later, we’re back to playing the long-ball, target-man football that’d so bored us for the previous couple of seasons. See Ayew and Jordan Veretout put in good performances when given a chance, only to return to the bench (if not left out entirely) the next time out.
I’ve seen a lot of people make two cases recently:
- That Villa’s problems go far beyond its manager.
- That Villa are desperately lacking a top goalscorer.
- Complain about Richardson starting over Jordan Amavi and Agbonlahor starting over Ayew, and rightfully so.
- Remark Villa simply aren’t good enough to stay up after the game.