Inexperience will result in inconsistency
It is no secret that there have already been many ups and downs in Aston Villa's short season so far, and in my opinion there will be many more.
September 27th, 2012
The point we picked up against Newcastle United and the win against Swansea City resulted in two very fine performances. The kind that make you feel good about your football club and have you beaming when you go back into work of a Monday morning.
Then there are the downsides which include the defeats to West Ham United, Everton and Southampton. The latter two in particular could only be described as garbage.
However, I suppose the inconsistency will be because of the inexperience we currently have in our first team – let me explain.
Paul Lambert no doubt knew when he was doing business during the summer months that his signings could prove to be a gamble but if they were to pay off it would be fantastic business for the football club and let’s face it, based on Lambert’s record in management this is the only way he knows how to do things.
Already players like Karim El-Ahmadi, Christian Benteke, Brett Holman and Ron Vlaar (all internationals) have shown both the good and bad of their games, which I am sure – once settled – will prove to be good acquisitions.
Matthew Lowton was signed from Sheffield United and has probably impressed me the most. You would think he had been playing his trade in the Premiership for a few years and he will only get better.
Finally players like Ashley Williams, Joe Bennett and Jordan Bowery are yet to be given a real chance of showing what they are capable of.
Then we have players who were already at the club like Ciaran Clark and Barry Bannan. Both have been around the first team scene for a while now awaiting their opportunity, so they must learn quickly to establish themselves in the first team.
So in a usual squad of 16-18 players, 10 of those have very little, if any Premiership experience. That isn’t to say that they won’t become very good players for Aston Villa, but it will take time.
You take the likes of Manchester City and Chelsea who have spent a lot of money in recent seasons. Most, if not all, of their acquisitions from overseas have no previous experience in the Premiership and it has taken them some time to settle.
Just because they have purchased big money players who are well known across Europe doesn’t mean they are any less of a gamble than our new signings. We all know Vincent Kompany was signed for very little and was relatively unknown compared to City’s other signings and yet he was named Player of the Season last year.
I guess what I am saying is that, just like City and Chelsea have done in the past, Villa will have their ups and downs, but we must believe in what Paul Lambert is trying to do and, regardless of the result, show the players that we will back them and then in time that consistency will come.