This is a results game and Aston Villa have lost three on the bounce. What’s more worrying is not the fact that we lost, it’s the way we lost. I have no issue with Dean Smith on a personal level and I respect what he has done, what I do have an issue with is his stubbornness to continue with a system that simply does not work.
No one can deny the fact that Dean’s hesitancy to drop, or move, either Watkins or Ings has cost us valuable points, no one can deny that Dean’s selection of Axel over Hause is a massive mistake – not once but twice.
Dean has bought in new players and tried to shoehorn them into a system that does not suit the rest of the team, including Watkins. Yes by all means try it, but if it’s not working change it.
I firmly believe that Dean and his staff should be setting up the team with the player’s abilities in mind, not expecting them to fit around a system that allows two up top.
Vital Villa’s Dean Smith Forum Thread
All I want is for the manager to make the most of what he has, Dean has not been doing this, it’s almost like he has a point to prove and be damned what anybody else thinks.
I don’t know many top-level managers that would have kept sending out, and keeping players, in a system that does not work for the majority of the players on the pitch. I feel that Dean deserves criticism, and he deserves to be sacked if he continues to play the current system. Like any other job, if you get it wrong over and over again people let you go, football is no different.
I want Dean to succeed and I want every Villa manager to succeed, but Dean is not above redress if he can’t either fix the issues with the formation or he fails to drop the players who are not performing. If he can’t, we need someone who can – be that next week, next month or next year.
Dean needs to look very hard at himself, if he has what it takes to be a success at this level – prove it. He has had £300 million pounds to spend, now he has to do something with it.