Villa fans are heading into the new year with their hopes of winning promotion hanging in the balance. Every game has now become a must-win. Mainly due to the poor start to the campaign under Steve Bruce. But in more recent weeks their inability to see out games and close the gap on the leaders.
Villa fans TF Window Thoughts
The transfer window is days away and speculation is in full flow. But will any business that is done make a difference to our promotion hopes? Villa fans you know only to well how additions can derail a team. We will need players to hit the ground running ?. How many will be brought in ?. Minor surgery says, Smith. So that rules out a lot of the names were linked with. And it kind of fits into our suspected ffp position.
Missing Jack Grealish
Villa fans should agree on how we have missed Jack Grealish recently thou. It’s pretty clear we’re not the same team without Jack. We have not shown the same attacking intent we did. To be honest I think we have been more reminiscent of a Steve Bruce side rather than a Dean Smith’s team without Jack.
With the prospect of Jack likely to be out for a few more weeks yet. Is it just the defence that needs addressing ?. Would Villa Fans be happy with only the defence being addressed this window ?. And do you believe that would that be enough to guarantee at least a playoff spot ?.
Lets remember if reports are to believed. We could lose Tammy Abrahams. If that becomes fact. Do Villa fans see Jonathan Kodjia or Scott Hogan getting the required goals? And how badly do you think we would miss Abrahams. He does a lot of leg work and defending which I don’t see Kodjia or Hogan replicating.
Action Speaks Louder Than Words
Villa plays Preston today and if we cannot beat a Preston side littered with injuries. Then we don’t deserve a promotion. In fact, if we don’t pick up maximum points from our next six games regardless of transfer business we do. Then Villa fans can have no complaints at the end of the season. We have just come through a tricky fixture period. And now its time to capitalise with the easier run of fixtures we now face.
Happy New Year Villans
Wishing all Villans a happy new year. Our opinions may differ on occasions but we all want the same thing. And that’s Villa to be a force in English football again. I have taken a few days off over the Christmas period. Regardless of the Boxing day fixtures, Christmas is the time to spend with your family and I don’t get much time off during the year. So please accept my apologies for the lack of interaction by myself during the last week.
- Preston have only won one of their past 14 meetings against Aston Villa in all competitions – the 2-0 win in October 2016 which resulted in Roberto di Matteo being sacked.
- The last seven second-tier meetings at Deepdale between Preston and Aston Villa have had only 11 goals, six for Preston, five for Villa.
- Preston’s 1-2 defeat against Hull City last time out ended a six-match unbeaten run on home soil.
- Villa have lost just once in their last nine league matches, the last-gasp pre-Christmas 3-2 defeat by Leeds United.
- Since making his debut in January 2017, Conor Hourihane has been directly involved in more league goals (27) than any other Villa player (16 goals, 11 assists).
- Villa boss Dean Smith has alternated between victory and defeat in his last seven visits to Deepdale. But he won last time out 3-2, with Brentford in October 2017.