COMMENT by Amir Mir at Villa Park
Football Insider analyses the three talking points as Aston Villa suffer a 3-1 home defeat to Barnsley on Tuesday night in the Championship.
Amavi needs to be sold in the summer
Villa owner Tony Xia revealed at the start of the season that the club had turned down a £25million bid for the left-back ace. In truth, the Chinese businessman should have accepted the offer because Amavi has been woeful. To simply put it, he needs to be sold in the summer. The Frenchman cannot defend, whether it be one-on-one situations, blocking crosses, heading or his positional play. All of this was exposed against the Tykes. Amavi gave away a daft penalty, then for the second goal cleared the ball straight to the opposition, who scored no less than 30 seconds later from that poor clearance.
Grealish is overrated and overhyped
The academy product had a dismal game against the Tykes and there is no doubt that he is hugely overrated and overhyped. When he was substituted in the second half fans cheered him going off the pitch which perhaps was an example of what people thought of his performance. He doesn’t pass the ball quick enough, failed to link up with his attacking teammates, is too lazy to help his team defend and was no threat for the majority of the game. In the past, the academy product has been lauded as the next big thing, but in truth, he is not even past the first hurdle yet.
Villa are in a relegation battle
Promotion may have been the main target at the start of the season but that dream has now well and truly gone. Seven points ahead of the relegation zone with a trip to Newcastle looming, relegation to the League One is a real possibility. Fans need to open their eyes and realise the mess the club is currently in because if things don’t change quickly, it could turn ugly. How Villa win from now on is irrelevant, the fact that they pick up three points is what they need more than anything.
In other Aston Villa news, supporters on Twitter have reacted to Jack Grealish’s display against Barnsley.