Aston Villa are yet to win a game in 3 games, I’m not too worried about the defeats to Tottenham and Everton (despite us being at home). But what I am particularly worried about is our recent goal draught. We haven’t scored a single goal in three games and this really worries me. Earlier on in the season, many fans and pundits praised Villa’s front three of Weimann, Agbonlahor and Benteke. These three players were very dangerous, fast and were meant to cause teams lot’s of problems. This certainly was the case in August, maybe a little bit in September but in October, they’ve completely lost it.
Paul Lambert has a lot of strikers to his disposal, Benteke, Agbonlahor, Weimann, Bowery, Helenius and Kozak. That’s 6 strikers, 6! Benteke has scored the majority of these goals (4 League, 1 Cup), Weimann is second (1 League, 1 Cup) and Kozak has also scored 1 goal for Aston Villa. Their goal tallies aren’t particularly high but they have had chances to increase that tally. I reckon the forwards could improve their finishing, but I never expect anyone to get every shot on target. Since Lambert has 6 strikers, why doesn’t he alternate them for specific games? Weimann is completely out of form and Agbonlahor is yet to score a goal this season. Why not try to partner up Kozak and Benteke together? Or play Helenius behind Benteke? Give Bowery a chance on the wing again? Mixing it up will change the oppositions defensive plans and make us a little bit less predictable.
What might be more alarming is the service. There just isn’t enough. Our midfield isn’t overflowing with creativity. Only Westwood and Bacuna have provided assists from midfield (1 each). Lambert does have a few wingers, Albrighton, Tonev and Bacuna that can provide width and some options from out wide. He doesn’t utilise that. Instead we’ve seen El Ahmadi, Westwood and Delph play together. Their role is to support the defence and allow the front three to create and score goals. This, in theory should work, but our forwards aren’t capable of providing enough service for themselves.
Is there an answer? Perhaps something can be done. Tonev provided a spark in midfield against Everton, I’d give him another start. Change the front-three partnership, it’s gotten a little predictable and hasn’t be affective in over three games. But most vitally, Lambert has to sign an attacking midfielder in January. If he can’t get his main man, fine, get someone that is younger, less proven but has potential. Or get someone on loan! We are crying out for an attacking midfielder and it will change our season. Results-wise, I’m not too worried (just yet), but I am worried about the lack of goals.