When a team spends £52 million on players during the summer transfer window, fans generally expect more than just six points after 16 games.
Aston Villa spent that exact amount on 12 players over the summer break and yet they sit bottom of the league, eight points from safety. They look doomed.
Of all 12 players Villa bought, only three have played in the Premier League before. This transfer strategy was baffling, given that then manager Tim Sherwood had previously criticised his old club Tottenham for signing too many players who had little experience in English football.
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It is therefore unlikely he sanctioned the purchases of so many players who had never played in England, which begs the question: who decides who Villa buys?
Remi Garde was bought in to replace Sherwood as manager, assumingly to communicate better with the French contingent at the club. However, by banning all his players from speaking French, you have to wonder why the owners turned to a man who has no previous experience in the Premier League and will struggle to speak with his players.
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Since the opening day of the season, the Villians have looked completely disjointed, with very few of the new signings performing.
Garde's side have scored the joint lowest goals in the league (13) and conceded the second most in the division, with Brad Guzan picking the ball out of his net 30 times.
This has come as little surprise to most people, though. Villa lost the spine of their side over the summer, with Christian Benteke, Fabian Delph, Ron Vlaar and Tom Cleverly all heading their seperate ways.
There is a lack of passion and togetherness at Villa Park as a result of the vast number of signings they've made.
Even Jack Grealish, a life-long Villa supporter, has shown very little in the way of passion and dedication towards the club. The 20-year-old has shown immaturity by partying following his side’s embarrassing 4-0 defeat away at Everton.
If he really wants to be the sort of top player that his talent demands, he needs to seriously change his attitude and behaviour.
Villa need a miracle to stay up, but judging by the way they have performed in the league so far, they’re probably not capable of one.
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