The Birmingham Mail’s Ashley Preece has revealed what he’s seen about Aston Villa in recent weeks amid a difficult start to the Premier League.
Dean Smith’s side suffered yet another disappointing defeat in the top-flight last Friday when they went down 3-1 to Arsenal, and, during a discussion session for The Birmingham Mail, Preece made a very “alarming” claim.
He said: “It’s a combination of both. The finger-pointing came out at Arsenal last week, with Tyrone Mings, Matt Targett, John McGinn, Ezri Konsa, Matty Cash and Emi Martinez all dishing out rollickings to each other.
“The two boys up top, Danny Ings and Ollie Watkins, just have zero belief in what they’re doing at present. The body language amongst the group is alarming – and so too was Smith’s admission last week that recent, below-par performances have been nothing to do with that 3-5-2 system.”
While Jack Grealish’s exit in the summer transfer window was always going to be painful, Villa fans would surely have been in optimistic spirits heading into the new season given just how well their recruitment went.
The likes of Leon Bailey, Emi Buendia and Danny Ings, among others, were brought in to add a bit more excitement and attacking flair to Villa’s side, and given the fact they had a settled back four and goalkeeper from last season, things were looking up.
But, the momentum at Villa Park has well and truly shifted, with a couple of bad defeats in recent weeks really raising question marks about the club and the direction they’re heading in – they lie in the bottom half of the table, and have already suffered five defeats in just nine Premier League games.
The fact Preece claims the body language in the group is “alarming” is sure to worry fans about whether Smith can restore the kind of confidence needed to bounce back from their recent failures.
If this kind of run continues, then it’s hard to see where that leaves Smith.