Date: 3rd September 2018 at 7:00am
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With few positives to be taken from Aston Villa’s hammering at the hands of Sheffield United last weekend, one player did stand out for obvious reasons.

Losing 4-1 at Bramall Lane, summer signing Anwar El Ghazi probably easily stole the show purely on the back of opening up his club account as he grabbed our consolation on the day to give the travelling fans something to shout about.

It was poor from everyone and our usually more reliable players didn’t really shine.

Whoscored didn’t rank one player as being worthy of even a 7 match rating from the game. Only El Ghazi broke the 6.50 mark, pulling in 6.84.

Ahmed Elmohamady, John McGinn, Jonathan Kodjia and Mile Jedinak completed the top five but as a testament to the day, Jack Grealish and James Chester came tenth and eleventh and they are normally right up there for us.

Just a bad day all around and with positives to come from how we started the campaign, the worry is we are on a slide now and after previous draws results are starting to catch up.

That’s not a good place to be in.

 

9 Replies to “Struggling For Positives Following Sheffield United Embarrassment”

  • The worry is that Bruce is still in a job.

    His clueless selections – Jedi at CB when we are playing a CB at RB (with several RBs in reserve) and a RB at RW (with Adomah available) is ridiculous. The failure to sign a left back and letting Elphick and Steer out on loan are just inexcusable. Add to this his anti-football – cautious and with no clear patter – and he really should not be here any longer.

    I hope Purslow lives up to his reputation and makes an early change.

    Dean Smith deserves a chance. I know his CV does not include a big club BUT it is never going to unless he is given the opportunity. What he is doing at Brentford – consistently losing his key players but improving the team and playing front foot football – is simply amazing. I have heard Allardyce, and, whilst he is not my favourite manager, he does get results and I would take him in a heartbeat if the choice were between him and Bruce. He always has a plan, even if it is a plan I don’t particularly like, and it seems to consistently deliver.

  • There is one positive to be taken from the Sheff Utd performance Mike. That is the fact that Villa fans are no longer split on the subject of SB. I think we ALL agree now that he has to be replaced.

  • Yes definitely time for a change of managers, I’m afraid Bruce has had his day, he may well have got out of the Championship 4 times in the past but that’s where it is in the past, and I don’t see him making it 5 not with us anyway it’s really hard to understand why he stubbornly insists on playing people out of position Jedinak being the prime example, he seems to be the only one who can’t see the glaringly obvious problem with it , and I agree with the comments about Dean Smith but I would be happy to give him a shot at it. I think that I would also be looking at foreign managers, not too sure about big Sam. We all know it’s a results based industry so get someone in on a 1 season contract with the option to extend that would provide the motivation, which it’s obvious Bruce is lacking. Bruce Out now as far as I’m concerned

  • Back to my previous comments about Bruce motivating the team, three draws and two defeats in the last five is not good, it’s the first run of poor results this season , we will probably go on a run now BUT then will be another poor run , this cannot continue as we watch the likes of Leeds sail away.
    We need new ideas and new motivation…. exit Mr Bruce and cohorts

  • If SB is replaced now, it will probably be with someone who is available. Apart from Zidane, one name that comes to mind is Claudio Ranieri. He left Nantes FC by mutual consent at the end of last season and was in London yesterday. Nassef Samiris lives in London – maybe just a coincidence, but would be a good choice in my opinion.

  • P45 SB sorry but it’s just a repeat of a manager who’s gone way past his best.
    Unless there’s a run of games without defeat , it’s goodbye.The sooner the better.
    Alternatives, there’s a load of progressive managers out there, Av are still in the
    Fred Flintstone era with SB. Dean Smith, Carlos ex Swansea, even the forgotten
    Tinker man offers an identity. SB has no tactics or persona

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