It’s a new season with a new look Villa. We travel too newly promoted Watford on the opening day. I fully expect Dean Smith to adapt & tweak our playing style after losing his captain, something which he previously struggled to find a solution to when said player was out injured. So it’s a problem that needs solving and quickly.
In Dean Smith’s defence since he was appointed the team had been built around his Captain. Can we take comfort Smith losing his best player is nothing new to him. He’s been there and got the tee-shirt. He’s faced similar dilemma’s previously during his tenure at Brentford. Do we take comfort from the Christian Purslow statement that Villa have been pro active ? The club believe they have got the players in who will fill the void left by his kingpin.
New Look Villa
Only time will tell if the recruitment done this summer by Johan Lange solves the immediate problem and makes us stronger. On paper Dean Smith certainly as more options at his disposal. So it’s now over to Dean Smith to find his best 11 and formation. Unfortunately pre-season has not seen everyone available to Dean Smith. So I think we can expect some tinkering with players & formations in coming weeks accordingly. I believe given the new additions we will be a more balanced side. One that’s hopefully more fluent and expansive which is not reliant on anyone player. But a team that collectively will offer a greater attacking threat. I am genuingly excited, ahead of the new season, and believe losing Jack could end up being a blessing in disguise.
Big Season Ahead
That said,this is a massive season for both club & head coach, I don’t think there is any denying this, given the backing being shown by our owners, I think like us fans they expect us to kick on again and see the club improve on last season’s 11th place position finish, can we get a Europa league or Champions League place ? Who knows, but would you bet against us.
Onwards & Upwards