It was a weird game against Hull, I don’t think either team did enough to win the game and frankly the reason it was a goalless draw was because both teams had their top scorer absent. But last week I wrote an article about providing that element of surprise that has helped us win all our games. This wasn’t done at all against Hull, just about everyone predicted a 4-3-3 formation with Westwood and Agbonlahor returning. What made it worse, was the fact we played a narrow 4-3-3. This works well with Benteke, not with Kozak. Again ,too predictable.
The problem appears to be within Lambert, he has his favourites and tends to select them too often. The likes of Weimann, Westwood, Benteke, Vlaar and Guzan seem to start almost every game. There are a few players on this list who deserve to play, those are Benteke, Vlaar and Guzan. Yet, on Saturday Lambert elected to go with our defensive midfielder, Westwood against a Hull side that offered very little attack. This was a fact many experts predicted before the game. As a result, he had a torrid game, failed to get involved in attack and was lucky to stay on the pitch. In-fact many believed it was unfair that Sylla didn’t keep his spot, he offers more support to the attack. Westwood would’ve been more affective against the likes of Everton and Tottenham in two-three weeks later.
Weimann is one player whose form isn’t anywhere near as good as last season, I might even go as far as stating that his form drop is similar to that of Lowton’s. Weimann has only scored 1 goal so far this season and provided 1 assist. Not great for a forward who has made 8 appearances and played more minutes than any other forward (689 min’s). His work-rate is appreciated, but he has been very invisible this season and isn’t getting involved nearly as much as he should. I hope that Lambert has released this as well, however I imagine it’s difficult for him to pick a replacement. It would have to be a winger or another forward, that means the candidates are Albrighton or Bowery. Playing either will be a risk for Lambert and if such risk had to be taken, why didn’t he make that call against a ‘weaker opponent’.
I reckon Lambert will not bench his favourites ahead of Everton and Tottenham, but with our current attack, Villa will struggle to create chances. And we have, we only had 4 chances against City and against Hull, Agbonlahor was our only threat up front. Kozak doesn’t have any technical ability, and I am absolutely astounded that Lambert hasn’t realise this and play a proper winger that will provide a cross for Kozak. I’m sure he’d be a lot more of a threat if he was attacking a cross. Besides, Albrighton was our second best player against Tottenham in the League Cup, so how much of a risk would it really be?