Date: 30th December 2018 at 7:30am
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Yannick Bolasie was heavily criticised for a lacklustre performance in Aston Villa’s 1-1 draw with Preston North End. The 29-year-old created just one chance, failed to complete one of his six crosses, made only one dribble and failed to register a shot. He was hooked off by Dean Smith in the 67th minute and was replaced by Albert Adomah. Supporters weren’t pleased with his display and made their feelings known on social media.

Bolasie has made 18 Championship appearances for Villa since joining on loan from Everton, scoring and creating six goals. The DR Congo international hasn’t scored a goal since October and has made just one assist in his last five outings. Only three of Bolasie’s crosses have found a teammate since the start of December and Smith might consider resting the winger as a result of his dwindling form.

Villa will have been disappointed at dropping points at Preston, as it’s now left them five points adrift of the playoffs. Smith’s men have only picked up one win in their previous five games, and only six teams have conceded more goals. It leaves the Villa boss with a lot of work to do in January and perhaps some squad changes ahead of their meeting with Queens Park Rangers on New Year’s Day.

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