Noel Whelan has blasted Ollie Watkins’ Aston Villa teammates for wasting a handful of goalscoring opportunities against Burnley on Thursday.
The former Leeds United striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, has insisted the likes of Anwar El Ghazi, Bertrand Traore and Jack Grealish for putting all the pressure on the 24-year-old to hit the back of the net.
The Villans had 27 shots, seven of which were on target, in their 0-0 draw with the Clarets.
El Ghazi had the most efforts of any player on the pitch with eight shots – double the number Watkins took – but only three were on goal.
Whelan has insisted Villa’s wastefulness puts added pressure on the shoulders of their star striker and suggested Dean Smith’s men should look at Leeds as an example of how to share the goals around.
Asked what he made of the Villans’ profligacy on Thursday, Whelan told Football Insider: “All you’ve got to do is look at Leeds the other night – five goals, five different scorers, so the pressure is not all on Patrick Bamford there, like you’d say with Ollie Watkins.
“When these chances come, when you’ve got players of that ability and quality, you expect them to be hitting the back of the net. Last night was one of those nights where chances came their way, they had the opportunities, but didn’t take them.
“That’s probably the most frustrating thing for a manager because it’s hard enough trying to create these chances, they made them in abundance last night against Burnley and they didn’t punish them.
“That will be the frustrating fact – you’re at home as well and you’ve dropped two points when you’re looking to get into Europe this year.”