Villa haven’t won since the opening weekend
Aston Villa are a club in decline. In 2011, Villa had just secured their fourth consecutive top-half finish. Just five seasons later, they are currently bottom of the Premier League and are struggling to pick up victories. In fact, Villa haven’t won since Rudy Gestede’s late header secured all three points in the opener against Bournemouth – a run of 13 matches without a win.
Simply put, Villa just don’t seem to have enough quality in the squad to avoid relegation. The likes of Scott Sinclair and Jack Grealish can produce moments of inspiration but both are low on confidence and have struggled this campaign. Unless Villa invest heavily in January, Remi Garde’s men may suffer relegation from the top flight for the first time since the 1986-87 season.
To put things into perspective: Villa are 5 points behind Newcastle
It seems like years have gone by since Aston Villa faced Arsenal in May’s FA Cup final. Unfortunately for those ardent Villa supporters who made the trip to Wembley, it’s only been six months. To make matters worse, Villa sit five points behind Newcastle United – yes, FIVE. Newcastle are widely regarded as the Premier League’s most troubled club and Aston Villa are a whole five points behind them.
Simply put, their current run isn’t good enough and Villa’s fans deserve so much more. After 14 matches, Garde’s men have picked up just five points and have lost nine of their last ten league fixtures. Not even an FA Cup run would make up for their poor efforts this season and Villa should place all of their focus on avoiding the drop this season.
Remi Garde is NOT the right man to lead Villa up the table
When the appointment was made, many had doubts over Remi Garde’s ability to help Villa climb out of their precarious position. The former Lyon manager did an excellent job in France but managing in the Premier League is a completely different ball game. Garde has struggled to inspire his side in recent weeks and is yet to make a real statement of intent at Villa Park.
Even in their 0-0 draw with Manchester City in Garde’s first match in charge, Villa struggled to create opportunities and rode their luck to snatch a point against Manuel Pellegrini’s men. Unless there are drastic changes at Villa Park, Garde is not the man to lead the club to safety. It will take a minor miracle for Garde to prevent relegation this season.
Villa have no stability, there are too many off-field issues
This may be Villa’s biggest problem. Owner Randy Lerner just doesn’t get on well with Aston Villa’s supporters and that has been the key reason for the breakdown in communication and atmosphere at Villa Park over the last few years. It’s absolutely no coincidence that Lerner’s takeover and financial struggles go hand-in-hand with Villa’s recent decline.
While it may be unfair to label Lerner as the sole reason for their troubles, the American’s stance hasn’t helped things. In 2014, he announced that the club was up for sale yet there have been no real advances since then. As time has gone on, frustration has grown at Villa Park and the relationship between the club and fans is now – and will be until Lerner sells up – at breaking point.
Their signings in the summer simply weren’t good enough
While Rudy Gestede wasn’t a bad signing, he’s not the man to lead Villa up the Premier League table. The Villa striker is 27 years old and had limited top flight experience when he arrived at the club for an estimated fee of £6 million. Gestede has scored just three goals since arriving at Villa Park, with two of those coming in the 3-2 defeat to Liverpool.
However, it’s not just Gestede who has underperformed since arriving at Villa Park. The likes of Idrissa Gueye and Adama Traore have struggled to inspire confidence whilst Jordan Ayew has perhaps been their most disappointing player so far this season. Villa are in desperate need of inspiration and will be destined for relegation unless these players begin to perform.
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