How can Paul Lambert solve the ongoing problems at Aston Villa?
Aston Villa need to bounce back, and quickly. The problem was we said that after their 8-0 thrashing at the hands of Chelsea, and the club have not won a game since.
Now their one saving grace of the season, their Capital One Cup run is on the brink of imploding after their 3-1 loss away to Bradford City.
It has got so bad that some Villa fans are suggesting desperate measures. One even suggested bringing back Alan Hutton and Stephen Warnock.
So, well should they?
Both players were almost immediately ostracised upon Paul Lambert's arrival. The new manager deemed them surplus to requirements and elected to bring in young replacements Joe Bennett and Matthew Lowton.
The full-backs were never really considered for first team action and have had to make do with short term loans to Championship clubs, from which both have now returned.
The case for bringing them back is simple; Villa are in a major slump, and their young defence is suffering a crisis of form and confidence. Warnock and Hutton both have the necessary experience to guide the club through their troubles.
Villa are paying their wages still, and would be advised to at least considering using what they have to offer, and take their youngsters out of the firing line for a short while.
The case against bringing them back is also valid; The two have been pushed to the sidelines for a reason, they have had their chance at Villa and failed to seize it. Neither are the long-term answer, so bringing them back to the first team could equally dent the confidence of their young stars if they are left out of the semi-final.
Lowton and Bennett have done their job in helping Villa reach the semi-finals, and deserve to see it through, whatever the result. Bringing the pair back would also mean Paul Lambert looks weak as manager, as it really would be a desperate move.
What do you think? Do either have anything to offer Villa at the moment?
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