What has happened to Samir Carruthers?
I was really excited when he began to feature towards the end of last season, in fact he was one of only a few highlights given how bad the majority of it was.
He played against Liverpool, and should have been awarded a penalty but was rather harshly given a yellow card instead. He also featured against Man United in a short cameo, and this is the game I was really impressed with. He came on at Old Trafford, showed absolutely no fear and had United defenders worried.
He did okay in preseason and I believe he scored a cracking penalty in one of the shootouts during our stateside tour. I had real hopes he would push on this campaign, and bring some excitement to the wide areas that has largely been absent since Young and Downing went on to pastures new.
He has yet to feature this season, and I’m not even sure he has made the bench too often. He did make the news after Paul Lambert fined him for using his mobile at the training ground, and it wasn’t long after this he deleted his twitter account.
I’d personally love to see him more involved. He’s certainly improved over the years, and his brief appearances last season offered real reason for Villa fans to be optimistic about his future. We’re crying out for more width, and even though Lambert typically likes to play a more narrow system, players like Albrighton and N’Zogbia have been given chances, so it’s a bit strange not to see Carruthers feature more often. If nothing else he’s a player that has the ability to get you off your seat, and there hasn’t been enough of that in recent seasons.
Lambert has shown he isn’t afraid to use youth, so maybe he just doesn’t rate him as a player (hopefully not), or maybe there are other personal reasons. I thought he might have been injured, but he’s been playing regularly enough for the reserve side.
Obviously Lambert is our manager, but Carruthers is one player I’d really like to be given more of a chance. He has the ability to create and score goals, and brings that x-factor that has been missing for far too long at Villa Park.