Former Aston Villa midfielder Lee Hendrie has called for Trezeguet and Anwar El Ghazi to deliver more in an exclusive interview with Football FanCast.
Villa have been without leading man Jack Grealish in recent weeks and it has impacted them. In his absence, they have won just one of their last five matches and have scored just three goals in that period.
Discussing the two wide men, the ex-Villa star told FFC:
“There has to be a balance. You’ve got to have that work ethic, but you’ve also got to have that creativity and that’s where I feel that Trezeguet just falls short. It’s great when you’re away from home and, you know, you need to get bodies behind the ball and work hard. He does the ugly side of the game well, but I’d like to see him doing a little bit more going the other way.”
Regarding El Ghazi, Hendrie said:
“He is very inconsistent at times. He comes on and he looks an absolute threat, he looks a goal threat, he looks hungry for scoring goals. But I think the way Villa play, sometimes I think you need a bit of a balance. He doesn’t always have to come inside and take them shots on, he’s got to be looking to maybe slip [Ollie] Watkins through.”
Trezeguet scored six goals in the Premier League last season but is yet to find the back of the net in the current campaign. As for El Ghazi, the 25-year-old has actually bettered his record from last term.
He has registered six strikes, two more than his entire league total from 2019/20, showing that the Dutch winger can produce moments of quality. However, only one of those goals came in the absence of Grealish, the 1-0 win over Leeds.
Undoubtedly, Villa’s attack is lacking at times, especially when their captain is unavailable, perhaps giving Smith something to think about ahead of the summer transfer window.