By Amir Mir

Former West Brom midfielder Richard Sneekes has claimed Ashley Westwood “must realise” that Aston Villa supporters don’t like him.

The BBC West Midlands radio phone-in pundit criticised the Championship club’s midfield and claimed that Westwood’s form is suffering as a result of the fans backlash against him.

Villa sacked manager Roberto Di Matteo on Monday morning, with Westwood starting ten out of 11 Championship games for the Italian this term.

But former Holland under-21 international Sneekes slammed the recruitment process of the Midlands giants and highlighted the weak link of the side.

“For me the achilles heel of the Aston Villa team is the central midfield,” Sneekes told the BBC WM radio phone in. “They only have a choice of three, and they aren’t playing well at the moment.

“Ashley Westwood is suffering from the backlash from the fans, he must realise that they don’t like him.

“Mile Jedinak has just not performed at all and Aaron Tshibola is someone for the future, it would be very difficult for him to be played in that holding role.

“Just being a good footballer in this league isn’t enough to win a football game if the work ethic isn’t good enough.

“They haven’t recruited well enough, someone like Claudio Yacob would work wonders.”

Westwood signed for then-Villa manager Paul Lambert in 2012 from Crewe, where he has made 149 appearances in all competitions scoring five goals and providing 13 assists.

By contrast his midfield teammates Jedinak and Tshibola were summer transfers from Crystal Palace and Reading respectively.

Jedinak has made six Championship appearances, while Tshibola has participated on five occasions, with the club’s other midfielder Gary Gardner playing six games.

Villa sit in 19th place with 11 points to their name, with one win, seven draws and three losses under their belt after 11 games.

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