After a great performance in midweek defeating the Champions of England in the Capital One cup, it was back to the struggles of Premier League as Villa failed to win at home once more in a 1-1 draw to local rivals West Bromwich Albion. Villa Park was almost full to capacity, as the Holte End have rediscovered their voice under new manager Paul Lambert. The support was terrific, but Lambert must ensure his young players use the noise in their favour, and not shy under the pressure.
21-year old Christian Benteke was another youngster who started and failed to impress against the Baggies, unable to get into the game before being substituted early on in the first half for Villa’s eventual goal scorer Darren Bent. He was another player who looked to be overwhelmed by the occasion, his hold up play and first touch often letting him down. His substitution was no surprise to the Villa crowd, and Lambert’s decision paid dividends as his replacement Darren Bent went on to grab the equaliser for Aston Villa.
Paul Lambert truly believes that his young players deserves the chance to prove whether they have the quality to perform at the highest level of English football. The Premier League is unforgiving however and it will provide a very steep learning curve for Villa’s several young guns. With only one win in the Villains’ opening six fixtures, their worst start to a season in the history of the Premier League, Paul Lambert’s gamble of relying on youth is currently looking to be a mistake. With tough away fixtures to in form Tottenham and Fulham coming up in the next two fixtures, Villa’s position of 15th in the table may not be improved on in the immediate future. Lambert will keep faith with his young acquisitions, but as the West Brom game on Sunday proved, it may be the more experienced players that could prove Lambert’s saviour.
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