The Villa outcast Lambert must bring back into his first team

Aston Villa

Aston Villa's Leandro Bacuna needs to be handed a chance by Paul Lambert.

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert may be well served by handing Leandro Bacuna a chance to impress in his starting line-up. 

The central midfielder has rather surprisingly started just one Premier League game this campaign and his consistent omissions are at a detriment to the side. 

It does not take an expert to know where Villa's problems lie. The side have glaringly only scored 11 goals in 22 Premier League matches and this total will have to be considerably improved if they are to avoid the drop zone this campaign.

Their chances of doing so would be considerably improved with Bacuna in a midfield role. 

Although it would be wrong to suggest that the 23-year-old is the answer to all their problems, his energy and drive is something that has so desperately been lacking. 

The likes of Carlos Sanchez, Ashley Westwood and Tom Cleverley can all do a decent job shielding the defence, but they lack any invention going forward and Bacuna's greater attacking threat is something that is needed in the side. 

With Carles Gil arriving from Valencia there has been a much-needed boost, and Lambert faces the chance to move away from Villa's defensive-minded policy.

The football has become so dull at Villa Park that fans are beginning to vote with their feet against the Scottish manager's leadership and he needs to start addressing this by producing more entertainment. 

He can begin to do this by introducing Bacuna back into the team and it just may be what is needed to have a positive impact on their results. 

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