By the time we play West Ham on Monday week. Everyone else will have already played. And given the fixtures, of those around us, there’s a good chance a win will almost certainly see us climb out the bottom three. I do feel we must get something from the West Ham game, With Arsenal up next.
We then face Burnley and Norwich, before we go into another International break. So between West Ham and then, It’s an excellent opportunity to accumulate some much-needed points before we go into a more difficult fixture period.
The trouble is, It’s an unforgiving league, no one rolls over, and every game is difficult. So were not guaranteed points from West Ham or anyone else just because we’re at home. But I do think we can burst West Ham’s bubble, and also make it an unhappy return for an old favourite Robert Snodgrass. The International break has given us extra time to prepare, and that’s the only upside of having this international break.
Simply Not Ready For Promotion
I think promotion as tricky as it was to obtain, was the easy bit. On achievement, It created an enormous task that we were not ready for, and our results to date show this to be the case more than it just being a hunch on my part. All promoted clubs face challenges, but I think the re-build we underwent has exacerbated ours. And that’s why it’s no real surprise to me where we sit after four games.
August will not define our season, and In time, we have to believe the players will adapt, and the results will follow. That may not be for some time yet, but for the time being, we have to try and take whatever points we can get.
There’s been plenty of talk about formation changes ahead of West Ham. I don’t think it’s quite as simple as just changing formation, and I don’t think it would matter what formation we play right now. I believe the results would be similar. It’s more about the players settling and adapting to the league.
Expectations Tolerance Transition
Expectations from the Aston Villa fan base will always be high. Because our clubs rich history is too great for us, just to accept mediocrity. But we are also a tolerant fan base that allows Managers time. We judge on performances and results. However, it’s not quite that simple this time around. Because of the colossal transition, Villa is undertaking while in the top flight.
It was not so long ago we called for changes at Villa Park. And I don’t just mean the removal of Mr Marmite, (Steve Bruce). And yet after four games, with a newly built side. More importantly, one that is in-experienced in this league. I sense the prophets of doom already starting to put a negative spin on things, with their doom and gloom analogies even though the foundations that are being put in place for our future success have barely got underway.
I believe we will come out the other side of this transitional period a better team, but we need to give time. And accept instant success does not exist and that losses will occur along the way. And that we could be in or around the relegation zone most if not all season. Finishing Midtable would be fantastic but equally so would 17th this season.
So I make no apologies for being behind my team and supporting the coach through an extended period, to allow him time to develop the team. For me, Smith needs this season, and I suspect the owners think so too. What did Christian Purslow say? “nothing happens overnight Dean Smith was the outstanding candidate, every single attribute that the owners and I had talked about, Dean had In abundance.