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  1. OriginalLondonLion
    OriginalLondonLion February 27, 2015 at 10:24 pm .

    Perfect answer, just in case Sherwood reads this, is to put Gabby at left back. Okore and Clark CBs and the manager’s choice at LB if Hutton is unfit. Gabby has the speed and he has demonstrated he can tackle cleanly. The CBs will have to shout at him not to lag back, but that is routine. If he does get the chance to overlap he can deliver. There is no point in Gabby playing up front if Benteke is on the pitch at the same time.

    1. DSVilla
      DSVilla February 28, 2015 at 9:59 am .

      I can see where you’re coming from OLL but not for me. I don’t think Gabby has the concentration to do the job properly for 90 minutes. I would go with Baker there as the best option in the circumstances.

      I hope Sherwood can affect the mindset of the players. Newcastle have their own injury problems and very mixed form. They have a manager who will be out of a job at the end of the season, and I’m sure the players will know that. Hopefully that will knock their confidence. I would have 100% expected to lose this under Lambert, but feel that it’s 50/50 now. We need to get at them, rather than sit back and contain.

      The key to Villa’s season is to get Benteke scoring. The other strikers are hopeless (Kozak apart though of course he can’t help us right now). The midfield is incapable of scoring more than a handful of goals between them across a whole season. The defenders chip in every now and then but it’s Benteke or nobody. The team has to create chances for him, and I’m sure that Sherwood will see that.

  2. OriginalLondonLion
    OriginalLondonLion February 27, 2015 at 10:24 pm .

    I mean manager’s choice at RB not LB.

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