It's become a matter of great discussion, about how important Darren Bent is to our future prospects and success. For what it is worth, if we had Young and Downing supplying from the wings, I would have Darren Bent in the team every single week. The problem is, we do not create the chances Darren thrives on, and thrived on under the attacking threat from both Downing and Young.
Simply, without the ammo, Darren is less of a threat.
In my eyes, we cannot risk playing somebody who offers
I've seen some really bad things happen at Villa, in my time as a fan. Losses in league cups to lower league teams (Scunthorpe, Sheffield United) but I have never felt so deflated and depressed as I do at this moment.
Don't get me wrong, Bradford deserve their massive achievement 100% and I wish them all the best for the final.
But whilst this is their finest hour, this is also my clubs darkest hour and I am not sure we can pull this around in time to save our premiership status.
It was the 14th of February this year, when the Sherwood love affair with Villa started. The following day saw the first signs of Sherwood's influence, when he visited the dressing room at halftime to help inspire the team to a 2-1 win over Leicester in the cup.
Before that, we were heading for yet more disappointment - with another frustrating first half performance, the sort we were used to under Lambert. But after leaving his seat in the stands and giving a morale boosting talk, a different
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When we talk about our options, I wonder if this will be the main difference between us and the other promoted clubs. Whereas they might have stuck largely with their Championship teams and then spent modestly on new options, we seem to have £10m+ players in all positions. If one of the wingers seems out of form, we have an alternative. If Douglas/McGinn gets a ban, we bring in Nakamba/Hourihane. If any of our back 4 have a bad game, there are options waiting to pounce and take their chance. This could be the difference between 2-3 places in the league, as some of the other teams may feel that their alternative options are much weaker than their first choice.
As shown by El Ghazi’s cameo on Friday, competition for places is great, as long as the players are prepared for non-selection, as I’m sure Smith will ensure.
Note: I say all the above about the other promoted teams without actually looking at their squads, just their expenditure.
A 0-0 draw would perfect I guess. I'm not sure who they have next week but I assume if we beat Crystal Palace we could overtake the two of them.
You also would like them to struggle finding their first win. As the only three teams that haven't found a win yet are Wolves, Newcastle and Watford.