Date: 18th February 2019 at 7:40am
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Following Aston Villa’s defeat in the derby against West Bromwich Albion last weekend, it’s understandable that our current poorer run of form has seen some wildly different reactions from fans.

With head coach Dean Smith not immune from criticism after recent results and performances, views have been somewhat polarising, but plenty of fans feel this season is, unfortunately, another write-off but that we’ll be all the better for it come next summer when we can really wheel and deal and get the squad set how Smith wants.


Writer: Cambs Villan

We had last season when short term loans and contracts were employed and as we later found out, gambled the whole financial stability of the club on getting promoted. Older players and more importantly none of the under 23 team out on loan to get experience.

It is nearly impossible unless you are a prodigious talent to jump from under 23 to first team. Harry Kane, John Terry and David Beckham had to do that. I wanted Steve Bruce to succeed, but in holding back the younger players, he didn’t help himself.

Dean Smith has now put some of the brighter talents out on loan. DS has come in and the players responded early on, especially playing Axel in his correct position. Since Jack and Axel got injured, we have struggled. Both of those players were key to the DS system. People have focused only on Jack being missed, but Axel was a huge miss.

There was never going to be a massive change in terms of players coming in during January. It is not the best time to sign players and we still have Financial Fair Play to consider. That has not gone away. We would not have the money to blow, even if we had wanted to. He brought back 3 players who never should have left and 3 players 26 or under plus a goalkeeper.

I believe that the point that DS was making after the Brentford game, was that he wanted young, hungry players. There are a lot of those players out there and our scouting system needs to find them.

It is great playing Jacob Ramsey, but he needs support, to achieve his full potential. Using Conor as a scapegoat and booing him, is, in my opinion, a disgrace. I might not be happy with an individual or the team’s performance, but booing defeats the object IMHO.

People moan about the midfield, but who else is available that they haven’t already crucified, because Hourihane, Whelan, Jedinak and Thor have all been rubbished.

The club is moving in the right direction IMHO, maybe not quickly enough, as I thought that we would at least get playoffs this year. However, I am prepared to be patient and not make any short-term knee jerk comments, as others do as it seems from game to game.

I have seen this club go through lots of ups and downs having seen my first game in 1961 at the age of 9, but we must be patient because booing the team and individual players achieves only one thing. More confident for opponents and our players becoming risk averse.

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