Well, that was Aston Villa’s worst defeat of the season by far on Sunday. Dean Smith’s side were well and truly outclassed by Leicester City in every single department.
That 4-1 hammering will either be a much-needed wake-up call for the Villa players, or it just might be the stark reality of where Smith’s side are heading.
Either way, on occasions, signs have been very positive this term, but then the players have gone the other way, as Smith is still searching for consistency.
Here are three things we learned from Villa’s defeat to Brendan Rodgers’ high-flying Leicester from over the weekend:
Experience needed in January – The January transfer window is going to re-open next month and Villa need to dip in and make some moves. Small, but clever changes need to be made, rather than bringing in a number of new faces. Experience should be the keyword when searching for new players, as someone like an Olivier Giroud, Marc Albrighton, or an experienced player in any other department could prove to be crucial in Villa’s fight for relegation.
There’s nothing wrong with the players, there is a lot, a lot of promise amongst the ranks. But they need that calm head, that know-how to gel it all together and provide them with the ammunition they need to make those forward steps.
Fans are running out of patience with Wesley – Patience is still needed with Wesley, but fans are running out of patience with him. He was at fault for the first goal conceded against the Foxes, and his inability to provide a threat in the final third is becoming problematic.
Added with that, he didn’t hold the ball up well enough against Rodgers side and kept gifting the ball back to the opposition, which in turn, was putting pressure back on his team. Wesley needs a goal. Wesley needs a strong performance. If his recent run of form continues then it’s not going to bode well for him in the long-run.
Heaton an unsung hero – If it wasn’t for Heaton then Villa would have lost by more against Leicester. Aside from his costly mistake against Bournemouth on the second game of the Premier League season, Heaton has been outstanding for Villa. It could be argued that he has been Smith’s best player this term.
If more of his teammates can feed of his leadership skills, calmness and quality with simplicity then Villa would climb up the table. One thing is for sure, whatever situation Villa are in, Heaton is there to ensure that the damage is as limited as possible. One of very few plus signs from Sunday’s defeat.