Date: 24th October 2018 at 9:22am
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There had been a trend amongst some sections of the Aston Villa fan base this season to question where summer signing Anwar El Ghazi had gone – last night maybe they got an answer but it wasn’t the one some wanted.

Having overly built the 23-year-old based on his limited appearances so far and those moments where he showed flashes of what he might be capable of when he adjusts to the league properly and completely settles in, a number of fans were left disappointed with his showing against Norwich City and he’s gone from being our wing saviour to being written off in the darker depths of social media.

Having come on for Albert Adomah, who was also absolutely panned (I’m actually looking for comments on a player who wasn’t hammered as I don’t want to depress myself), the Dutchman couldn’t do right for wrong in the eyes of some.

With a sea change in playing approach regardless of how slowly new head coach Dean Smith says he’s trying to introduce changes, I’m not sure what some expect anymore. He’s searching for sticking plasters at the moment and it’s obvious, or it should be, it’s not a very confident camp in the main owing to our results – you can’t flick a switch and expect perfection.

I’d hope some feel differently when the red mist drifts away but social media doesn’t offer much of a chance for reflection does it – and I’ve purposely left the vitriolic comments out.

The comments above I think most can agree with and I’d imagine Smith saw it for himself, it’s down to him to get more from El Ghazi and others because we know they are capable of more, they’ve shown it…but it’s still not going to happen overnight.

 
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