After heading into the international break off the back of a 2-0 defeat to Tottenham, Dean Smith will have plenty to ponder over how best to kick-start his Aston Villa side.
The Midlands club have hit a bit of a roadblock in the Premier League in the past few weeks, with the absence of Jack Grealish certainly a major factor behind that – they’ve won just once in the six games he has missed.
While not having Grealish in the side is the obvious reason to highlight for the slump, it’s fair to say that those who have come into the side to deputise for him haven’t exactly done the side proud – Trezeguet being one example.
The Egypt international has started the last three games for Villa, and just like the entirety of his season really, has been completely ineffectual – he is yet to score a single Premier League goal in 19 outings, and has managed just one measly top-flight assist (even that came back in October against Liverpool).
As per WhoScored, the £12.5m-rated Trezeguet ranks as the joint-worst Villa player in the entire squad out of those who have started at least ten games this season, and that’s a damning indictment on just how little he has impressed – even centre-back Kortney Hause has managed to find the back of the net more than him.
Speaking earlier this season to Football Insider, former Villa striker Agbonlahor said: “I said it after the Brighton game on Twitter and Villa fans weren’t happy with my comment about him not being able to finish his dinner. In the Premier League, you get punished for not taking easy chances like that. If that ball fell to anyone else but Trezeguet, they would have scored.
“I just feel his all game is a bit erratic, he works hard but his final ball at times was poor. He makes the wrong decision a lot. As much as working hard is important in football, there has to be some quality there because otherwise, it’s going to cost you.”
With Fulham next up for Villa on Sunday afternoon, Smith must make a ruthless call and drop Trezeguet from his starting line-up. The winger has been holding back the side for far too long now.