Aston Villa's team is ameliorating most of the time but lacks a certain type of player.
Most teams nowadays play with a number 10 - something that Aston Villa at the moment do not possess.
Aston Villa both this season and the season before have decided to play youth over experience. This bold statement meant that Paul Lambert recruited lots of new players and completely reshaped the team.
Villa for the majority of the season played a 4-3-3 and the formation was inconsistent some games Lambert's side won and then yet with a team full of confidence off the back of a win they would play a weaker side and their team would be defeated.
Villa's yoyo season meant there was a lot of uncertainty surrounding Villa Park and Villa found themselves in a relegation battle.
Last season though it was put down to a lack of experience and considering Villa had a rebuild taking away all of high earners it was extraordinary that Villa were able to avoid relegation and finish above a Newcastle United who finished fifth just the season before.
Lambert deserved huge credit for keeping up such a young squad and for introducing fresh English talent.
Aston Villa's formation requires three midfielders that have different attributes. A creator, a player that holds the ball and distributes the ball all over the pitch and balances the midfield and also a defensive minded player who will help get back and assist the defence.
Villa's team, however is missing the creator. Villa's strike force last season was one of the best in the league but lacked service. Benteke was prolific and Andreas Weimann and Gabriel Agbonlahor were fantastic for Villa as well. Andreas Weimann was also scoring the goals for Villa, whereas Agbonlahor was more of a runner and helped assist the strikers as best he could.
A number 10 would be ideal for a Villa team who struggle to create chances. Villa did try to lure Hiroshi Kiyotake from German side FC Nurnberg but the side declined Villa's offer.
Aston Villa have a few options one being when Charles N'Zogbia is fit positioning him next to two of the others and playing him as a number 10 to feed the attackers.
Villa could simply trust the young Bulgarian midfielder Tonev to create Villa's chances he plays in a more advanced position than Villa's other three and would help Villa to push on and would supply the front three with the ball more and can also provide Villa with a goal from midfield too.
Villa could also wait till January to invest in a number 10 but it doesn't have to be just a simple player change.
The formation Villa are playing with the players available does not work and could be changed: Non of the three midfield players Ashley Westwood, Fabian Delph or Karim El Ahmadi are number 10's and cannot adapt so the 4-3-3 must be changed.
Possibly a 4-4-2 could be introduced and Villa could push forward Leandro Bacuna who has a sensational crossing ability and would adapt well to the right midfielder position. On the left Villa could play either Agbonlahor or introduce Tonev one of Villa's summer signings.
By changing the formation to one that entertains four midfielders Villa have to rely less on the centre of the park and can focus on the wings. By using wingers Villa could take advantage of Christian Benteke's unique heading ability and utilise him even more than usual.
Change at Villa Park is needed whether it be taking out one or two players such as Weimann a player in poor form or whether it be a change of formation, change is needed for Villa to develop. The lack of consistency means that Villa cannot continue to trust the 4-3-3 and need to turn to a different formation or one or two different players.
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