30-year-old must leave: Three things we learned about Aston Villa in loss to rivals Wolves
By Will Butcher
Football Insider analyses three talking points from Aston Villa’s 1-0 loss to bitter rivals Wolves on Saturday evening at Molineux.
Ross McCormack must be sold
The 30-year-old has had a nightmare start to his Villa career after joining the Midlands giants in the summer for around £12million from Championship rivals Fulham. The Scotland international missed a sitter for Villa in the first half as his header from close range ballooned over the bar. Scoring just three goals in 21 league and cup appearances, McCormack should be sold to bring in some cash that can be reinvested on a more in-form replacement to fire Villa towards the playoffs in the absence of Ivory Coast ace Jonathan Kodjia.
Defender deserves new deal
Alan Hutton, 32, should be offered a new deal by Steve Bruce’s side despite having less than six months remaining on his current deal. Although Villa lost to Wolves, Hutton performed admirably as he kept Ivan Cavaleiro quiet as well as providing an attacking outlet behind Albert Adomah. Offering the Scotland international a new 12-month deal would make sense. If Bruce does enter the market for a right-back in this window or next, then Hutton could still provide cover on the right side of defence.
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Grealish needs to start every game
The attacking midfielder is one of Villa’s only players that has the ability to open up a defence and offer creativity to a side. With the relegated Premier League side struggling to score goals, Grealish’s vision in the final third should have been used from the off by Bruce, who opted to use him from the bench instead. Starting the academy product would have given Villa a much better chance of finding the back of the net.
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