By Amir Mir
Football Insider analyses the three talking points after Aston Villa draw 2-2 against Preston on Saturday afternoon.
The time is up for senior duo Gabby Agbonlahor and Ashley Westwood
Henri Lansbury made his debut for Villa and excelled in his first start for the club. He has proven that Ashley Westwood’s time in this team in now up. The senior midfielder simply has nothing left to provide, in attacking or defensive sense, and must be sold. On the other hand, winger and teenager, Andre Green was given his first league start by Bruce. The academy product shone as he became more confident throughout the game. One thing learnt was that he is a much better option than the out-of-sorts Agbonlahor, who is yet to score a goal this season. Agbonlahor, along with Westwood must be sold in this window.
Albert Adomah proving to be a great summer capture
The 29-year-old moved to Villa Park last summer from newly-promoted Premier League outfit Middlesbrough. Although it was not a straight swap, the Ghana winger made a move to the Midlands, while Spaniard Adama Traore was snapped up by the north-east club. The latter has failed to score or provide an assist for his team, despite his raw pace standing out in the top-tier. On the other hand, Adomah has been a brilliant summer capture for Villa and his two goals against Preston epitomised the work rate and skill he brings to the team. He dazzled his way to two goals against Preston, first with a simple tap in then with a confidently struck penalty.
Home form crucial to promotion push
Villa are the only team in the Championship who are yet to beaten on home soil this season but they will be disappointed with a point against Preston. Bruce’s side have picked up only two wins on the road and if they are to secure a top six finish, at this moment in time, it seems, they are relying upon their home form. If that is the case then they must pick up wins rather than draws. Otherwise, Bruce can wave goodbye to any hopes of a promotion push.
In other Aston Villa news, a report suggests that the club is monitoring a swoop for this Premier League regular.