Former Aston Villa striker Tony Cascarino believes Dean Smith’s men have looked ‘terrible’ this season and act as though they’re ‘playing a pre-season friendly’ the vast majority of the time.
Villa remain firmly embroiled in a relegation dogfight, having failed to register a win in their last eight Premier League games.
Speaking on Weekend Sports Breakfast, Cascarino criticised Villa’s recruitment since returning to the English top-flight – having spent in excess of £140m on 17 deals over the course of the 2019/20 campaign.
“I’m just looking through Aston Villa’s spending and laughing. In nearly every position they’ve bought a player or two,” Cas said.
“They’ve spent £140 odd million and they’ve bought centre halves, they’ve bought a couple of centre forwards, they’ve bought a left back in Matt Targett.
“They’ve brought in Douglas Luiz in central midfield, they’ve brought in a goalkeeper – they’ve brought in players for every position.
“I just think they’ve looked terrible this season. They look like they’re playing a pre-season friendly most of the time to me, and not a side in a relegation battle.”
Cascarino, who was unable to hit the heights at Villa Park during his playing days after signing from Millwall in 1990, has also become frustrated with the role Jack Grealish is currently operating in.
“For me, Jack Grealish is way too close to players and picking up the ball from them,” he explained.
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“I want Jack to do things that are going to make the difference in the third part of the pitch more often.
“Because I look at him and he’s picking up the ball way too often off full-backs who are five yards away from him, midfielders two yards away from him and trying to do things from there.
“That’s not going to work at the end of the day.”
Published at Sun, 28 Jun 2020 20:02:48 +0000