The Villa boss Dean Smith must light the fuse that ignites a spark into his Villa players on Bonfire night. And he needs the spark to last the whole 90 minutes and not just fizzle out when they face Southampton. Dean Smith will need to call upon all of his experience, if he is to rejuvenate his young guns’ confidence ahead of the game.
The players owe him a big performance so hopefully they will pay him back with a firework display of their own. After all, form is temporary and class is permanent. Smith knows his players cannot afford to fail like Robert Catesby and his co-conspirators did in 1605. As coming away with anything less than three points, could well see his tenure come to an abrupt end. So he needs to decide which players to put his trust in given the enormity of this game. But that is easier said than done given the current Injury list.
The Villa boss will need to drill his players this week. To prevent them repeating past mistakes and make sure they get the basics right. They must also show bravery on the ball. Recently they have been very tentative and chosen to play the sideways or backwards pass. Our movement needs to be better off the ball. We need to give the player in possesion options. And be prepared to put ball into row z if need be. Come the end of the evening the result is all that will matter. Because neither the Villa faithful or Dean Smith will care about how Villa got the win.
Smith Out The Hot Topic
I cannot end this post without mentioning the current hot topic among the fanbase. “Smith out”. We are all aware managers have a shelf life and some believe Smith has come to the end of his. Look, my loyalty is to our great club, I only want what’s best for us. And if that means, the only way we get to compete at the very top is to part company with Dean Smith, then so be it.
But if it happens, I don’t want any sideways steps. We’re again a Premier League club so let’s see our owners back up their aspirations and ambitions by bringing in a top manager to take us to that next level. Their happy to spend big on players so let’s see proper investment in the most important position within a club.