Date: 13th January 2019 at 9:00am
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Anwar El Ghazi was heavily criticised by some supporters after Aston Villa lost 3-0 at Wigan Athletic on Saturday. The 23-year-old has struggled for consistency since joining Villa on loan from LOSC Lille and he was largely ineffective against the Latics.

Before being hooked off after 62 minutes, El Ghazi failed to register a single shot in the game and created just one chance for his troubles. He did make two dribbles but was then guilty of making four unsuccessful touches and being dispossessed on two occasions.

He attempted just 13 passes against Wigan too, completing less than 70% of them, and didn’t find a teammate with any of his attempted crosses. All in all, it was a bad day at the office and fans let El Ghazi know that they weren’t pleased with what he delivered.

El Ghazi has made 14 Championship appearances for the Villans this season, scoring and creating six goals. His failed to find the back of the net since early December, however, and may find himself out of the starting eleven if he can’t improve his performances – the winger has contributed only one goal in his last seven outings in all competitions.

Crippy Cooke’s previous article

‘Very poor’, ‘Underwhelming’ – some Aston Villa fans slate winger’s performance against Wigan


2 Replies to “‘Very poor’, ‘Awful’ – some Aston Villa fans criticise midfielder’s performance vs Wigan”

  • You could run through most of the team today for substandard performances. Dean Smith too for pulling players that could easily have stayed on, and leaving others on that should have been pulled.

    Why do we keep going after players who don’t play for their clubs [Hause – who was embarrrassing when he came on]. Isn’t it obvious that they are not playing for their clubs for a reason? Kalinic shaking his head at the ineptitude of the defence in front of him says it all, and he is a good keeper.

    Hourihane – Absent without leave [like a lot of games recently]
    Taylor – A colossal liability
    Chester – Atrocious [and yet he stayed on]
    Elphick [best defender, which surprised me, and yet he still got pulled]
    Whelan – A colossal liability [which should come as no surprise to the manager]
    Bolasie – Awful [should have been subbed]
    El Ghazi – awful [not much better but has more to offer than Bolasie right now, imo]
    Bjarnason – Exceedingly average, but whelan is no upgrade option!
    Abraham – Unless its handed on a plate for him right now, he seems unable to offer little else. Great goal scorer mind, but could improve his hold up play and distribution massively.
    Hause – Bambi in the headlights
    Bree and McGinn at least looked competent, even if their contribution gerenally didn’t amount to much, aside from one McGinn run that fizzled out.

    I’m also puzzled why El Ghazi and Bolasie keep switching sides. El Ghazi plays better on the right and yet seems to play mostly on the left, where he is rubbish. Bolasie, on the other hand, seems to play better on the left and yet spends most of his time on the right. Is this Dean Smith meddling? A manager trying to be too clever for his own good, much like Bruce before him? Adomah is another case in point. He played better on the left, even contributed goals and assists a while back from that position, so why is he sent out on the right?

    Final rant: I had high hopes with John Terry on the coaching staff that organisation and decision making at the back might have improved, sadly not 🙁

    Still, I’m looking forward to the next game and the possibility that this incompetence will be quickly put to bed and that expansive, attacking, and entertaining football is just around the corner. UTV!

  • dean smith former professional centre back, john terry legend why can’t they coach players in the art of defending? our defence has already cost us any hope of promotion

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