By Amir Mir

BBC pundit Garry Thompson has stated that players like Leandro Bacuna should “train away from the main group”.

The former Villa striker believes there are a number of players on big contracts who are simply not good enough for the team.

Steve Bruce’s side have entered a big slump since the turn of the year as they have failed to win a single game.

They started off the Championship season with aspirations of making an instant return back to the Premier League.

However, that dream is now cut short as the Midlands club is 16 points adrift of the top six following their defeat against Ipswich at the weekend.

When talking about whether players like Bacuna should play, Thompon delivered this honest assessment of players in his position.

“They are on big contracts,” Thompson told BBC Radio West Midlands. “You might want to get rid of them but you have to find someone to take them, else you have to play them. I would just move them to one side and let them train away from the main group.

“You know what they are bringing and it is simply not good enough and you cannot have them around you.”

Bacuna was part of the club’s relegation from the top tier last term and has been heavily criticised for his actions and performances in recent years.

During Villa’s relegation season, Bacuna stated that he had aspirations of playing Champions League football, despite their troubles on the pitch, which infuriated the supporters.

During this campaign with Villa in the Championship, he has played 21 games, scoring one goal and supplying the same number of assists.

Bacuna has played various roles for his side this term, from being utilised as a midfielder to a wide player and a right-back.

In other Aston Villa news, supporters have urged Steve Bruce to start this 29-year-old against Barnsley.

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