Will Aston Villa get relegated from the Premier League?

Aston Villa may be getting dragged into a relegation battle this season with some of their star players underperforming and now the news that Darren Bent will be out for three months has made the possibility of relegation a lot more likely.

They are not a one man team but who will score the amount of goals Bent does, Gabriel Agbonlahor for all his pace and directness does not quite have the ability to reach the same levels as Bent. However, I have been impressed with him this season but five goals isn’t exactly prolific. Saying that though he has hit double figures in three seasons so far in his career with his best being 13 goals, he will need to get somewhere near this target this season if Villa are going to stay up.

Emile Heskey has never been prolific in his career and does not seem to be favoured by Alex McLeish anyway so he may be overlooked. Whenever I have seen him play this season he has been on the left wing which he has done a few times over the years but you cannot get the best out of him from that position. Everyone always says that Heskey makes his strike partner look better and score more goals and maybe he will be able to help Agbonlahor grab the goals as well as him chipping in with a few himself.

With Robbie Keane’s loan spell ending, this injury could not have came at a worse time and they will no option but bring Nathan Delfouneso back to the club and push him straight into the first team. He is only a young player but he has certainly showed some promise when he has came off the bench in the last few years and maybe now is his time to step up and show everyone that he is a Premier League quality striker. If he can also grab a few goals between now and the end of the season he could be a hero to the Villa fans as they are in need of one at the moment.

The midfield will have to step it up also as they can get goals but have struggled to so far this season. Charles N’Zogbia can score goals from out wide and has done so on many occasions for former clubs Wigan Athletic and Newcastle United. He only has one goal so far for the club and this is quite remarkable as he hit 10 goals in all competitions last season in arguably a weaker side. Marc Albrighton on the other side should be adding more goals to his game as he is a very good player and likes to get himself into attacking positions but in his defence he hasn’t always been first choice. I believe though that this injury could be a blessing in disguise for Stephen Ireland as he really needs to get his career back on track, he has struggled for years and maybe now with the pressure on, he may get back to the form he showed at Manchester City when he was one of the best attacking midfielders in the Premier League and.

I do not believe Villa will go down but the Premier League does throw up a few surprises and with the fans still not taking to McLeish very well, it all adds up to a very difficult end to the season. Maybe it is down to the manager that they are struggling because at times he can be far too negative and doesn’t allow his players to express themselves and this could be part of the reason why there flair players from last year, like Ashley Young and Stewart Downing left. It could also be why players like N’Zogbia have underperformed.

7 thoughts on “Will Aston Villa get relegated from the Premier League?

  1. They have certainly got a fight on their hands if they want to stay in the Premier League for the next few seasons. However, I think the Villains are ok for this campaign. My predictions to go down are Bolton, Blackburn and Wigan.

    • I am not sure this year I think it will be tighter than ever! Bolton do have quality in their squad and should pull themselves out of it, Blackburn have surprised a few teams this year (although I do think they will go down) and Wigan, well…. basically they just always stay up

      • Of course! The pundits always say that wigan are going down, but they never do. How they do this is a mystery to me… Also, you are right in saying that no team is a lock to go down. I’d say that QPR, with their new manager, will almost certainly be staying up, which drags many other teams into the equation,

      • I am still not sure about QPR, they are getting dragged into it and don’t know how to get out of it at the moment. Wigan stay up because nobody expects them to pick up points and take them for granted. It will be one of the best relegation in quite a while I reckon, it will probably go to the last day and for the neutrals that is fantastic

  2. Not sure if they will go down this year; having the joint best defensive record in the bottom half may go in their favour, but it is a worry finding a replacement for Bent when they’ve only scored 29 goals this season, making Bent responsible for a third of their goal tally. Also, I definately agree that McLeish is too negative; they should be going through a transitional period after losing Downing and Young, and trying to push through Albrighton and N’Zogbia, but their attacking talent will not shine under McLeish.

    • Birmingham went down under McLeish and they had one of the better defences in the league! It is important to get the balance right because Blackpool went the other way and scored a lot of goals but went down because they conceded goals for fun

      • Aye there was a few teams above them with terrible defensive records. Don’t know where the goals will come from now to get them that balance, hopefully, like you’ve said, Ireland and N’Zogbia will get back to their best but I can’t see it happening.

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