It has been a poor month to say the least, but lets look at the top 5 players who have struggled the past two months or have given little to no impact to the starting 11. Looking at just one month would be considered as unfair, as some players do lose form for a few games. But for two month? It means they need to step it up
1. Gabriel Agbonlahor
Agbonlahor has been so poor this season. Despite Richards, Gestede and Sherwood all praising him earlier in the season and claiming that the forward can score goals for Villa this season, it hasn’t happened. Agbonlahor has played 6 games playing 480 minutes, from that he has only provided an assist so far this season. He does have some pace, but as he ages, he seems to be less and less effective. As he is a long servant of the club he really needs to step it up, but it just doesn’t seem to be happening at the moment nor there is little to suggest it will.
2. Joleon Lescott
Despite recently joining Aston Villa, Lescott has failed to deliver composure and experience to the Aston Villa backline. He has yet to contribute a single clean sheet for the club and hasn’t really put in a good performance. Whoscored has rated Lescott as our worst centre-back so far and with good reason, he seems to be past it. Lescott really needs to put his head down and try to be more of a leader, more composure with the ball. Perhaps being dropped for a game or two for him to understand that he can’t take his starting 11 spot for granted.
3. Jordan Ayew
Ayew is one of the main french imports during the summer transfer window, and it’s safe to say he hasn’t lit up the Premier League as of yet. Ayew is yet to score or assist in a game and has played 290 minutes of football making 5 appearances so far. Ayew has often played down the wing where he hadn’t really made an impact. Many fans often labelled him as invisible. But I think there is a bit of hope in Ayew, recently in the game against Birmingham when he came on as as substitute, he played very well. Created lots of chances, took defenders on and nearly scored himself. Hopefully he’ll be able to do more of that, but as things stand, he leans more towards flop on the scale, rather than a success.
4. Ashley Westwood
One of Sherwood’s favourite players has struggled this season. Westwood hasn’t really offered much the past few games and is often invisible in games. Yes he does the dirty work of distributing the play, but even recently I wouldn’t say he has done that well either. His corners and freekicks have been largely ineffective as of late and he’s really only provided an assist, despite playing 8 games totally 720 minutes. For a player who has played his regularly, he needs to step up.
5. Jordan Veretout
I might be a bit harsh of Veretout, as I think he is still adapting to the Premier League, but I don’t think he has been that great. Veretout does have talent, he showed that when playing in France, but he needs to display that talent in England. He is still very young, and has shown some good glimpses of what he can do. But he doesn’t really drive to ball too much forward in recent weeks. Veretout has come off the bench more recently as of late, but hasn’t really made an impact from those appearances either. I still have hope in Veretout since I see a good player.