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Aston Villa exclusive: Lee Hendrie open to formation change in Jack Grealish’s absence

Speaking exclusively to Football FanCast, former Aston Villa midfielder Lee Hendrie has suggested that a formation change could be the answer to the Villans’ problems.

Villa are currently on a bad run of form, coinciding with the absence of captain Jack Grealish, and are really struggling in the final third.

Dean Smith’s side failed to score last time out in a 2-0 defeat against Tottenham, meaning that they have now registered just two goals in their last five Premier League fixtures.

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This lack of proficiency in front of goal will come as a huge concern to Smith, and Hendrie believes a move away from the team’s current formation may be necessary while Grealish remains unavailable.

When discussing how Villa can get out of the current slump that they are in, Hendrie told FFC:

Spurs were there for the taking. I think they [Villa] just lacked that little dimension that, you know, Jack has, [the ability to] bring something out of nothing.

“I’m all for that he needs to tweak the formation when Jack’s not available because they’re missing that little bit of cutting edge going forward. For all the good play, getting into the final third, they’re not creating enough chances, hence they’re not scoring enough goals at this moment in time.”

The Villans take on Fulham next when the Premier League returns, where Smith will be hoping for more from the likes of Bertrand Traore and Trezeguet, especially if Grealish is still unavailable.

Article title: Aston Villa exclusive: Lee Hendrie open to formation change in Jack Grealish’s absence

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