Heskey: where are Villa's goals going to come from?

The former forward thinks lack of goals could be a problem for his old side going forward, after a fifth consecutive game without scoring.

Former Aston Villa striker Emile Heskey has said that the club could be in for a long season after yesterday's 2-0 defeat to Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road last night. 

After a promising start to the season where Villa took 10 points from their opening four games, Paul Lambert's side has suffered five consecutive defeats without scoring a single goal, as they have been beaten by Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Everton before last night's encounter in West London.

Heskey believes that a lack of goals could be central to that, with the side potentially struggling for Premier League survival yet again.

He told TalkSport: “It is going to be a long, long season for Villa, just like last year. I can’t see where they are going to get the goals from.

“They are playing young lads, who are just not experienced in playing a full Premier League season, with the demands that come with it.

“Nathan Baker and Ciaran Clark are good players, but they are just young lads. They have got Ron Vlaar alongside them, who had a great World Cup, but they are still conceding goals.”

Some will point to the return of Christian Benteke from injury as the most likely source of goals this season but he has yet to find the net this season, though that is perhaps to be expected given the Belgian has only just returned from a lengthy spell on the sidelines and is working his way back to full fitness.

A big concern will be the defence which Heskey touched on. After looking solid at the start of the campaign, they haven't looked so mean, since. 

Last season proved to be a bit of a trial for Villa where they had a habit of taking points off the big sides. After flying high in the early stages of this season, where they were second and two points behind Chelsea after four games, they're now two points above the relegation zone in 15th place.

It's a big of an alarming slide for the club even at this early stage of the season, and one Villa will be keen to turn around.

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