MarkDraperNumber8 has submitted the following, cheers mate;
Bit of a late post this but I needed to write something because I’m so pissed off and so, so dissapointed as a Villa fan at the moment!
I suggested recently that our current squad is the worst I’ve seen in my lifetime, I’m 29 years old and have witnessed our two most recent silverware triumphs, both via league cup victories over Manure and Leeds, both great victories and good Villa teams.
I’ve seen great managers (even if I thought they were great at a young age) who got me excited to watch games, like Big Ron, O’Leary, Gregory and even O’Neill, I remember these days well, we weren’t the best but we were good and easily worthy of our Premier League spot and more often than not a good solid top half finish and pleasing to watch.
What’s happened to us? I mean really! It’s not far short of a disaster.
We did alright for a while there under O’Neill but it’s all turned sour…Houllier could have been great if he hadn’t become ill. The Houllier appointment does at least prove that Lerner/Faulkner are capable of a good footballing decision, at the very least.
Skip forward and I have a son who still hasn’t witnessed a Villa win since his birth and I’m thinking to myself how do we move forward? I want Lambert to go, that’s certain, but is now a good time? Who would we get in?
To get to the point of the post, I also recently suggested that we currently have excellent squad fillers now and are only a “superstar” away in each position of being a really good side. I still believe this. Superstar is a little ambitious considering the club we support but a top player let’s say.
The likes of Guzan, Vlaar, Lowton, Sylla, Zoggy, Gabby, Andy, Benteke (all when on form I should add) are good players, I think?!
I’m sure that Helenius could be huge for us but he isn’t getting picked. The rest of the squad, however, is pretty damn poor and lacks the quality and ‘cutting edge’ you need in this league. That Polish fella and Bannan in the middle for Palace yesterday completely outplayed our lot and made them look amateur. That, in itself was horrible to witness. Bannan being played, by Pulis, in front of a proper DM shows that he can ‘pull the strings’, play to his strengths and be a good player. Something Lambert wasn’t able to figure out. Bannan was man of the match yesterday.
So we’re approaching January fast, and if we don’t get backing from Lerner we’ll go down, I’m sure of it. We rode our luck last year and what really gets to me is that you would have thought that Lambert/Lerner/Faulkner would have learned from the shortfalls of last season and invested, bought in good quality players, experienced players, like Barry. But no, they didn’t.
We need a solid left back, in fact we desperately need a left side. I’m so embarassed to say it but I’d even bring Hutton back in. We HAVE TO BUY A DM: absolutely have too.
We need an AM. We need Bent back in the team. I don’t even know his loan conditions. We’re falling apart and it’s that bad I think we need to go backwards for a quick fix.
“We’ll pick ourselves up and go again” against Swansea on Saturday and if we dont lose it’ll be a miracle. Even if we win I still want Lambert to go. It’s squeaky bum time once more and this time around I don’t think we have enough about us to “go again” and survive.
I hope I’m wrong.