Paul Lambert’s Aston Villa have just suffered the club’s worst ever Premier League defeat as they went down 8-0, (yes, eight) to Chelsea and here are five reasons why it might be tough for them to stay in the league this season.
#1 – Youngsters
Villa have one of the youngest squads in the Premier League and although it is great to develop them into top quality players – that requires time and this league doesn’t give you much of that.
At Chelsea, they needed a expereicned campaigner to help them shut up shop at 4-0 to keep their goal difference intact, but instead they were wide open.
It is at times like this where you need an older member of the squad to keep confidence in the camp high.
#2 – Villa Park
It can be rocking at times, no doubt about that, but recently Villa Park has been a bit subdued and the fans have become frustrated.
When in a relegation battle, which Villa are at the moment, you need all the support you can get and if the supporters can act as a twelfth man – it makes such a difference.
#3 – Bigger club than Norwich City
The job that Paul Lambert did at Norwich colossal, but what he faces here is a much different challenge at a bigger club, with bigger expectations.
The Canaries were in the third tier of English football when he took over, so themonly way was up.
Lambert then became a hero with back to back promotions and had a lot of momentum coming into the Premier League. At Villa, he has to deliver on the biggest stage straight away.
#4 – Richard Dunne
Richard Dunne has been out all season and Villa are certainly missing his presence and leadership skills at the back.
It was someone like the Irishman that they could have done with at Chelsea on Sunday afternoon.
If he comes back and gets himself in the side, Dunne could be a key man for the Midland’s club season.
#5 – Quite simply, not good enough
This Aston Villa side don’t look like they are able to string a good run of results together. They follow superb wins over Norwich and Liverpool up with an embarrassing defeat.
Lambert would surly rather his side were drawing games 0-0 and picking up the odd win rather than switching between red hot and ice cold.
They will probably stay up, but things need to start improving.