By Amir Mir

Aston Villa owner Tony Xia has urged the team to “fight through” attached with an image from the Expendables film.

The Chinese businessman seemed to have picked the wrong time to post that image given Villa’s recent form under manager Steve Bruce.

The Midlands club are struggling in the Championship, having lost their previous encounter to Barnsley on Tuesday night.

It was the seventh time in 2017 that Villa tasted defeat and they have recorded only one point since the turn of the year.

Owner Xia appeared to want to galvanise the supporters as he posted this amusing message on his personal Twitter account.

Fans will be hoping the current Villa team isn’t expendable though and that they can battle through and hold onto their Championship status.

“We are a team,” said Xia. “Fight through.”

Xia purchased the Championship club in June, taking over from the much-criticised Randy Lerner after he played a big part in their relegation from the Premier League.

During the previous campaign, supporters protested at the running of the club and the way it was being mismanaged.

Nonetheless, under their new owner, who has been very outspoken on Twitter since taking over, Villa were first aiming for instant promotion back to the top tier.

But, for the majority of this season, they have struggled for form and consistency as they are now seven points above the relegation zone.

Bruce took charge in mid-October and after adding eight new players to his squad in January, he has witnessed a huge dip in form.

In other Aston Villa news, supporters on Twitter have destroyed this 22-year-old for his display against Barnsley.

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