Aston Villa assistant boss Peter Grant says Alex McLeish will not be afraid to drop his under performing stars.

McLeish's side are currently unbeaten in the league after seven games, but he has yet to see his team perform to their full potential.

The intimidating Scotsman still wants more from his players, and demonstrated his ruthless streak by dropping summer signing Charles N'Zogbia against Wigan last weekend.

And, says Grant, no player will make it into the side on reputation, but will have to earn their right to play.

"We left Charles N'Zogbia out against Wigan and played Barry Bannan who is a young lad that has come through which shows the manager's ruthless streak," said Grant.

"If he feels that it will improve the team, he will change and I think that was proved that with the team selected against Wigan.

"The manager has no favourites and never has wherever he has been. It doesn't matter to him. He picks the 18 he feels are right for that game and the right selection for that day.




 

"There is no selection process based on the fact of who you are because names mean nothing to him.

He added: "At the end of the day we have to pick a football team that wins games and impresses the fans and we have to try and do that every single week.

"So the names don't mean anything. They will all be treated with the respect they deserve.

"We'll tell them why they were left out and tell the other ones why they are here."

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