Former Aston Villa star Tony Morley believes that happier days are just around the corner after the side’s poor recent run of form.
The winger, who was a vital part of Villa’s 1982 European Cup winning team, is confident that Gerard Houllier and his backroom staff are the right men to turn the club’s fortunes around.
The Frenchman’s side have lost their last four Premier League games and find themselves just two points off the relegation zone, but Morley believes that the countless injuries that have depleted the squad are largely to blame.
He said: “Villa have had a whole host of injuries, and that is definitely going to affect the team. We just have to get over this rocky patch, get a few of the injured lads back and get a bit of luck too because you need that, and then you’ll see the team confident and buzzing again.
“The results haven’t been going as well as we’d have liked but we have a new manager coming in and he needs time. He’s been looking to bring in a new style and new methods and that doesn't just happen overnight.
“Trust me, the club will get it right – they have a top class manager and a really class backroom staff working for them. Everything will come right at the end of the day.”
Despite the lowly league position, Morley has been impressed with how well the club’s youngsters have integrated themselves into the team, and the performances that they have produced.
“I think we’ll look back at the team in 18 months time and several of the young lads will be playing regularly for the team. They will be pushing Villa forward.
“We have some great players coming through – lads who are going to be real top players for the club for years to come.”
He was also quick to pay special tributes to 21-year-old Ciaran Clark and 22-year-old Jonathan Hogg, who have both made telling contributions to the side this season, but have been somewhat overshadowed by headline-grabbing starlets Barry Bannan and Marc Albrighton.
He said: “Ciaran has been absolutely fantastic. For a centre half, as he is, to come into the midfield and look really comfortable, he’s done brilliantly. I’ve watched Jon too and his work-rate and appetite for the game has been fantastic.
“It’s been a tremendous achievement for the academy to bring these lads through. There are five or six lads in their early 20’s amongst it now. If they keep working hard, get a bit of luck and take their chances, it will be great for the future of Villa.”
Disclaimer: The views in this article are that of the writer and may not replicate those of the Professional Footballers' Association.
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