Season 2021/2022, Backs to the Wall Time for Villa

Steven Gerrard still has time to save his first year as Villa boss being an ugly mark on his career.  With seven games to go, if he wins five, he can have a personal Villa winning record and reach the top half of the table.  To do that Villa have to beat Leicester this Saturday.

If he does not, he will be calling upon the boss and the owners to invest a huge amount more to totally upgrade the squad.  That may be a difficult case to make in that he has not achieved much production out of some of the high-priced players he inherited (Buendia, Bailey, Sanson, and Ings) and the best of the crop that started last season by winning their first four games (Martinez, Mings, Konsa, Cash, Luiz, McGinn, and Watkins).

With the possible exception of Cash, all of the latter group have seen a drop in their performance.  Some of that can be attributed to the absence of Jack Grealish and the lack of a leader to replace him.

There is an outside chance that Coutinho can spark something, but he does not appear to be someone who can carry a team like Partey did for Arsenal before he was hurt and Guimarães appears to be doing for Newcastle.

There is a slight possibility that Nakamba can rise to the occasion.  It is even less likely that the players who have been collectively told they are not good enough by the gaffer suddenly prove him wrong.

Gerrard is currently looking like more of a Mourinho manager than any other current manager in the Premier League.  Right now, Mourinho’s re-fitted Roma are 5th in the Serie A.  We Villa fans would accept that.

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