Two games in, and already facing the biggest week of our season
It’s fair to say that the start of the season hasn’t gone as well as we’d hoped. Two games, two defeats and with a squad that is in desperate need of reinforcements, the next week (or the time up until the transfer window closes at least) will arguably be the most important of our season.
Things are not looking good. For all the nice passing at West Ham, the lack of any cutting edge was evident with our star striker receiving the ball probably fewer times than the words in this sentence. Against Everton, and in what many were hoping would be a triumphant first home game for Lambert, we were diabolical, and lucky to come out just losing 3-1. We’re having to play a mish mash of a team, with a number of players arguably not good enough to be starting every game at this stage of their careers.
We need new players, it’s as simple as that. I think we need at least 3 or 4, but the suggestion is that we might only see 2 players before the window closes. That’ll be welcome, and hopefully Lambert gets them in and they can make an immediate impact. At this point I think we need proven Premiership players as well. As handy as El Ahmadi and a few of the other new signings look, we need to add experience, and players with some premier-league know how. Some youngsters we’ve been linked with look good, but it be nice to add them along with more experienced players.
We have to see some new faces, it’s as simple as that. People with closer links to the club than those stupid ‘ITK’ accounts seem to suggest the next week will be busy, and hopefully it is. Lerner has to know that Lambert needs more players, if not it’s a genuine worry that we might struggle big time this season.
I’m also curious to see what happens with players like Hutton and Warnock. I can’t imagine there is a big market for the pair of them, and if no-one comes in, will they play a part? As hated as they are by the majority of the Villa faithful, surely they can add something to what is a small and inexperienced squad. Plus I’d rather even have them on the bench than collecting forty odd thousand a week and banished to the reserves.
Make no mistake this is a huge week, and will go a long way to determining how we do this season. Of course this Lambert revolution will take a while, but we really need to give him the best platform to build on.