Three reasons Aston Villa fans need to lay off with the Glenn Whelan criticism

Aston Villa midfielder Glenn Whelan has seemingly found it difficult to win over the club’s supporters following a difficult start to the season for the pre-season promotion favourites.

Steve Bruce brought the 33-year-old to Villa Park in a £1m deal from Stoke City in July but he has proved to be a scapegoat for the fans in the early stages of the campaign as the Midlands outfit won just one of their opening seven Championship fixtures.

However, even though Villa have now won four on the bounce it hasn’t stopped the Republic of Ireland international getting stick from his own faithful, as was shown on Twitter following the wins against Burton Albion last week and Bolton Wanderers on Saturday.

While the midfielder may not have been at the top of his game in some regards this term, he has perhaps played a more important role than some think he has in others.

Here are three reasons Villa fans need to lay off with the Whelan criticism…