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Former Wolves midfielder Jamie O’Hara has given a strong prediction on Aston Villa’s quest to stay in the top-flight.
“I think #AVFC are going to struggle.”
“They’ve spent a lot of money, but it hasn’t clicked yet.” ?
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) September 20, 2019
Villa have so far found life in the Premier League very tough – they sit fourth from bottom with just one win to their name.
Last Monday night, the west Midlands club struggled to see off ten-men West Ham as the two sides battled out a 0-0 draw.
Defensively, they look sound enough recording two clean sheets which is the joint highest for the most in the league so far this season. However, in attack, they have are one of the lowest scorers in the division, so it’s clear to see where their problem lies.
O’Hara, who is now a manager at Billericay Town, spoke to talkSPORT about Villa’s survival chances. He said:
“I think they’re going to struggle to be honest. I think they’re a brilliant club, I lived up there when I was at Wolves and it’s a huge, huge football club – fantastic stadium, I always loved playing there.
“But I just think that they’re going to struggle. They’ve spent a lot of money but it just hasn’t clicked yet. I hope it does, I really do.
“I just can’t see it clicking. Have they got enough to keep them up? I don’t know.”
It is only September, but that still can often mean the writing is on the wall for some clubs.
Villa’s problem is clear to see, as already mentioned. It’s in scoring goals.
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So they will have to make do with club-record arrival Wesley and the wingers around him.
In January, if the problem still lingers, they can take measures to find a solution by bringing in further firepower.
They just can’t afford to slip away from the rest of the league before then and to be fair, they have been more than competitive in the majority of their matches. For instance, against Tottenham, they remained in the game until the 73rd minute before a late flurry of goals made the scoreline rather flattering.