December 22nd 2010 11:58
Position - 15th
Points - 20
Won - 5, Drawn - 5, Lost - 7
Top scorer - Stewart Downing (5)
Star man - Mark Albrighton
Back in the Summer, I fully expected Villa to be challenging for a place in the top six again this season. But on the eve of the big kick off, everything changed. James Milner left for Manchester City, and Martin O'Neill walked out. It was always going to be a struggle for a while after that. Gerard Houllier is now the man in charge, and right now, isn't doing too well. But to be fair to the Frenchman, he hasn't yet been able to make his mark on the side.
I love how British Aston Villa are. Their team often boasts nine or ten, British players in the starting eleven. Right now, it is a rebuilding exercise at the club. Bright young players like Bannan, Clark, Delfouneso, and especially Albrighton, are excelling in their first team experience.
Ashley Young will probably leave in the near future, and Stephen Ireland's brief spell at the club will almost certainly come to end soon. Despite having these talented youngsters, Villa need to bring in some top quality performers. They are weak up front, which is costing them. Agbonlahor is struggling with fitness, and Carew and Heskey aren't reliable. It will be interesting to see what funds the manager is given in January. Mid table mediocracy beckons this year I'm afraid.
My prediction - 10th
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