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Aston Villa: Fans debate Dean Smith conundrum over four at the back versus five in defence

Aston Villa: Fans debate Dean Smith conundrum over four at the back versus five in defence - Aston Villa

Responding to a concerned post by news account Total Villa, many supporters have been in full debate over manager Dean Smith’s potential conundrum of switching to a back four rather than a back five – with full-backs Frederic Guilbert and Matt Targett potentially guilty of over-committing. 

Villa, who played a back four in their last outing, a narrow 2-1 defeat to Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final at Wembley, could be set to switch things up ahead of their battle to avoid the drop – with manager Smith potentially opting to revert to that 4-2-3-1 system on display last weekend.

However, judging by the response of these Villa fans, there is definitely some concern – with a lot of supporters taking to Twitter in full debate over Smith’s tactics. Most often deploying a back five off the ball this campaign, full-backs Guilbert and Targett, when looking to get forward, were covered by three centre-halves – keeping the danger of overexposure to a minimum.

Be honest, should Dean Smith be doing better with Aston Villa's squad?

Yes

Yes

No, he's about par

No, he's about par

As a result, some supporters are debating the potential switch to a back four which could remove that safety net, especially when opposition sides counter-attack – something that has ‘been a problem all season‘. Find all of their best comments down below.

How would you solve this potential defensive conundrum? Join the discussion by commenting below…


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