By Amir Mir
Aston Villa supporters slammed manager Roberto Di Matteo on Twitter for dropping Jack Grealish from the sides matchday squad to face Newcastle.
The 21-year-old midfielder was embroiled in another off-the-field controversy during midweek, after allegedly attending an all-night party, which the Midlands club are investigating.
But Villa supporters did not take too kindly to their Italian manager dropping their star player by stating it just makes things more difficult.
Grealish has scored two goals and provided one assist this term, with the Villa Park faithful now worried that the club will now lack any creativity in a big Championship encounter.
With striker Ross McCormack also missing through injury, supporters could not see where the creativity will come from as Di Matteo opts for a 3-5-2 formation.
Albert Adomah does make his full competitive debut for Villa in place of Grealish, but fans were still worried that such key players were missing in a big match up.
Here is a selection of Villa supporters reacting to the team news against Newcastle.
Gouffran & Ritchie big threats. Just not feeling us at all without Grealish & McCormack. https://t.co/kNn6XjdFGu
— Jb08 (@jsb_av1) September 24, 2016
Dropping grealish is pathetic!! #avfc
— Andy Miller (@millerav_13) September 24, 2016
Harsh on Grealish that 😒
— Conor (@avfc_conor) September 24, 2016
Grealish not even in the squad today then. Not 100% sure what formation we are lining up in today…
— Ian DW (@sportdw) September 24, 2016
No Grealish or McCormack today. Worrying #AVFC
— G-Mac (@GreggMac11) September 24, 2016
Well done rdm 👍🏻 no grealish because he went to a party? 🤔😴 starting to make his job a lot harder for himself #avfc
— James Taylor (@JimTay_11) September 24, 2016
It's all very well and good taking Grealish out of the squad for going to a party- but he's one of our best players ffs. Nonsencial decision
— Josh (@Addaway23) September 24, 2016
Di Matteo’s side have drawn five out of their last six Championship encounters, as they sit in 18th place in the league with eight points to their name.
In contrast, Rafa Benitez’ Newcastle are in third place having notched up 15 points from their opening eight games.
Remarkably, this is the first time in any league in Europe that two former European winning managers are going to meet in the second-tier.
In other Aston Villa team news, Dion Dublin claims the club’s star player is letting the fans down.