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

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Formation change

Whelan certainly wasn’t the only player struggling in the 4-2-3-1 and 3-4-2-1 systems earlier on in the season – and didn’t deserve to be one of the scapegoats as a result – but he has looked far more comfortable in the standard 4-4-2 formation in recent weeks.

His passing may have been off at points but he is looking to be far more effective in his defensive midfield role now than he perhaps was in August, and his screening of the back four has also been a huge part of Villa conceding just one goal in their last six Championship fixtures.

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