Taken from our Vital Villa Spurs Match Day Forum Thread.
Sunday was a continuation of Aston Villa’s recent disappointing performances and results. We had our moments, but overall, we were well off the pace and our historical poor record against Tottenham Hotspur followed its inevitable course.
While I am not putting our poor form and performances down to Covid alone, I don’t think the outbreak at the club can be understated in the impact it’s had on our progress this season.
We have been nowhere near the same side as we were pre the outbreak at the club – it really has knocked them for six to my mind. Energy levels are nowhere near what they were before and even before he got injured, Grealish was not anything like the player he was earlier in the season.
Arguably the only remotely decent performance since the turn of the year was the first half against Burnley. Covid apart, I think we’ve hit a bit of a ceiling where the depth of our squad (and maybe Deano’s abilities) has reached a peak.
Fortunately, we almost certainly (certainly historically) have enough points to be safe, so we can address the strength of the squad in the summer.