Our defence has been dreadful all season. So it’s been interesting every time we tried a different defender to see if the blame can be laid on any one individual.
I know nothing is quite that simple but, for example, when Warnock was dropped, Clark played at LB and by half-time Warnock was back on as Clark had a torrid time.
Cuellar filled in manfully for Hutton during his injury and despite producing outstanding individual performances the team results were still not good and goals were conceded.
Then Dunne got injured late in the game against Man City. Villa had conceded 10 goals in the previous 5 games (including 3-2 in the FA cup). This gave Villa a chance to try out Cuellar and Collins.
So far this partnership has played in 3 games and conceded only a solitary goal. Not bad considering the lack of times they’ve played together. Added to the fact that Blackburn and Fulham have been potent in front of goal all season.
Its not my intention to write-off Dunne. However, I would like to see Cuellar stay at Villa. Dunne can still perform to a high standard in the league, and it was not long ago that Paul McGrath described Dunne’s performance against Russia as the finest defensive performance he’d ever seen. But he is losing his pace and this summer might be the time for him to face a new challenge that would motivate him, more than he can hope to achieve with Villa next season after some good years under MON.
My opinion, if the partnership continues successfully between Collins and King Carlos, is that in the summer see if we can sell Dunne to the highest bidder.
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