Ex-Aston Villa chairman Sir Doug Ellis explains club's struggles

Ex-Aston Villa chairman Sir Doug Ellis admits to being concerned by the club's plight, with injuries to key men contributing to a disappointing campaign.

Former Aston Villa chairman Sir Doug Ellis has told the Birmingham Mail that injury struggles are largely responsible for the club’s Premier League troubles.

Paul Lambert’s side remain a tough unit to break down, but are paying the price for a lack of creativity and firepower.

Ellis says spells on the sidelines for the likes of Fabian Delph and Christian Benteke have contributed towards that lack of consistency.

He hopes those issues can be resolved and is setting his sights on the securing of a notable scalp this weekend – with Liverpool due to visit Villa Park.

Ellis told the Birmingham Mail: “We have had five or six consistently injured key players. Delph is one who has been missing for some time.

“That has contributed, no doubt, to our current position but, listen, it’s a New Year and hopefully that will change. It would be fantastic if we could beat Liverpool on Saturday.”

Ellis admits he is concerned by Villa’s form this season, but is confident that Lambert and owner Randy Lerner remain the right men to turn fortunes around.

“I have faith in Randy being a very good chairman who has put his money where his mouth is. So we have to let him let his people run the club.

“But am I worried about our position as any other supporter would be? Yes, because we are not in a very good position, in plain English.”

Villa sit 13th in the Premier League standings at present, three points clear of the relegation zone.

They have managed just 11 goals in 21 outings this season and it is failings in the final third that are holding them back.

Carles Gil has been added to the ranks in an effort to address that issue, and the January transfer window remains open for further reinforcement.

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