Dear Mr Lambert, ‘Ever Heard Of Playing 442?’
Aston Villa seem to be cursed by dower Scotsmen as of late; first with relegation prone, Alex McLiesh and now with equally as dull, Paul Lambert. Lambert has baffled me with some of his decisions, dropping Shay Given, dropping Alan Hutton and the biggest mystery of all, dropping Darren Bent!
Paul Lambert, however,insists that Bent is not for sale. In The Mirror, Lambert said:“I’m not actively looking to sell him.” Bent who cost a staggering £24million back in January 2011, has started just six games in the league this season and has netted twice.
While his replacement, Christian Benteke has also netted twice. This has to put forward the questions why not play both of them… At the same time? A crazy idea I know! In all seriousness, Villa need to turn things around and soon. If they do end up losing Bent in January and there’s certainly a few clubs in the market for a striker; it could be the first sign of the end for Villa.
In his almost 2 years at Villa, Bent has netted 20 times in just 47 games which is quite a slim return for the money paid for him but he has spent all of his time in the bottom half of the table.
Lambert wants the striker to show: “desire and commitment on the training pitch”.
Ironically though, Alan Hutton was dropped and Lambert said this about the Right back:”“He’s shown a good attitude in training so there are no qualms on that front”.
So the Villa boss will drop you if you don’t show desire and work hard in training and will drop you if you show the desire and work hard in training…The scope of this is, Villa are in the bottom three, they’ve won just twice and they’ve conceded 22 times and only netted a 10 times.
And things won’t get any easier this weekend, as Villa take on Arsenal. Then their next two games could really be six-pointers as they take on Reading and equally as vacuous football side in QPR.