By Derek Smithson
Birkir Bjarnason completed just 45 minutes for Aston Villa in their draw against Middlesbrough – and the club’s supporters ripped into him on Twitter for his performance.
The 29-year-old started the Championship match on the left wing, but was hauled off at half-time as Albert Adomah replaced him.
Steve Bruce’s side recorded a second consecutive 0-0 scoreline in the Championship and were unable to breakthrough Boro in a fiery encounter.
Visitors Boro were down to 10 men after just four minutes as Adama Traore was sent off for his tackle on Conor Hourihane.
However, the hosts were also reduced to 10 men in the second-half when Henri Lansbury was also shown a straight red card.
The Midlands club continued their disappointing start to the season with a home port and they stay 18th-placed in the table after seven matches.
Villa fans on social media took out their frustration on Bjarnason and feel that he made very little impact on the game.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Bjarnason is awful, he's too slow and can't even make a simple pass #avfc
— Chelsea Gibson-Homer (@chels25avfc31) September 12, 2017
In other news Bjarnason continues to be one of the worst players to ever wear an #avfc shirt.
What was Bruce thinking when buying him?
— The Droyd (@The_Droyd) September 12, 2017
Bjarnason… why Bruce.
— Jake Grinnell (@dexteravfc) September 12, 2017
Bjarnason is not good at football
— Dynamo Gaz (@GaryBolton91) September 12, 2017
Bjarnason struggling this first half #avfc
— HomeOfTheVilla (@TheVillaHome) September 12, 2017
Impressed with Lansbury. Getting through loads of work. Snodgrass impressive, Bjarnason poor. #avfc
— Andy (@AndyVilla80) September 12, 2017
We don't have anyone that can carry the ball forward. Elmo just goes sideways. Bjarnason is just bad.#avfc
— HolteEnder (@Elliot_1874) September 12, 2017
Adomah proved exactly why he should be starting, hope I don't see Bjarnason start again this season
— James (@JamesTuzzio) September 12, 2017
Bjarnason only moved to Villa Park in January and injuries ruined much of last season for him.
However, the versatile midfielder has been back in contention this season and made five appearances across all competitions.
The Iceland international has played every minute of the club’s League Cup campaign so far and scored in a 4-1 demolition of Wigan.
He has found it much more difficult making an impact in the league side and is yet to cement his position in the starting line-up, competing alongside Adomah and Andre Green for a spot.
In other Aston Villa news, Lee Hendrie has slammed the club’s recruitment.