COMMENT by Amir Mir

Football Insider looks at the three talking points as Aston Villa lose 1-0 to Norwich City at Carrow Road on Tuesday night.

Goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini is a liability 

The first-team player was very lucky not to concede a goal when he was unable to hold onto a long-range effort in the first half. The Italian redeemed himself with a fine reaction save, but his presence between the sticks is becoming a liability for the promotion hopefuls. He brings a lot of doubt upon the Villa defensive line, with his decision making and hesitation during crucial moments in the match. He stood still when Nelson Oliveira opened the scoring. To simply put it, he needs to be sold when the transfer window opens next month.

Gabby Agbonlahor’s selection was wrong

The 30-year-old striker started his second game for the club this season, but he was anonymous for the majority of the game. His selection by manager Steve Bruce is baffling as he brings nothing to the team. Additionally, his selection is denting the chances of academy youngsters Rushian Hepburn-Murphy and Andre Green staking a claim for a first-team spot. The best attribute that Agbonlahor had was his pace, but that has gone out of his game and he is no longer a threat to opposition defences. He was substituted after 72 minutes on Tuesday night, but he failed to create any chances for his side, other than get a fitness work out.

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Need to make more of an impact in the first-half

Steve Bruce’s side need to stamp their authority on the opposition during the first-half, else they will go into a lot of tough fixtures making life difficult for themselves after the break. If they are to finish in the top six, Villa must perform better, else a lot of crucial points will be lost. It was a dull and lacklustre display from the away side, despite having four attackers in the stating XI. They only managed one shot on target throughout the game and Bruce has his work cut out to change things around when the transfer window opens next month.

In other Aston Villa team news, this first-team player has said no chance to a play-off spot.