Cleverley vs Westwood: Who is offering Villa more this season?

Aston Vila have struggled for goals this season and part of the reason for that has been Paul Lambert's choices in central-midfield.

Aston Villa's goalscoring problems this campaign have been well documented, with their struggles to hit the back of the net the immediate focus of attention when talking about the Midlands side.

Every time you take a glance at the Premier League table, Villa's problem is staring out on the page, with their total of 11 goals by far the lowest any side in England has managed this term.

It is a worrying statistic - but the problem is a more deep-rooted one than one which can be fixed with a change of striker.

Villa actually have one of the best forwards in the Premier League in Christian Benteke but he has been starved of service, with Paul Lambert's defensive mentality hurting the side.

Villa have not been able to create enough chances and that, in part, is due to the fact they have picked Tom Cleverley and Ashley Westwood in the same team on too many occasions.

Cleverley and Westwood are both capable players, but their skill-sets are virtually identical and they seem unable to function in tandem. 

The duo both want to sit in front of the defence and dictate play for their team - but they don't offer the ability to drive the side on.

Instead, they are the team's reliable players. In the XI to protect the back four and keep possession ticking over, they have performed that function reasonably well - but playing both together limits the team's attacking play. 

  AssistsChances created (per game)ShotsPassesPassing AccuracyTouches% Passes backwardTacklesAppearancesMinutes Played
Ashley Westwood 1 1.58 0.41 48 81.61% 61.05 9.06% 0.82 17 1357
Tom Cleverley 0 0.95 0.7 48.3 87.37% 61.05 19.56% 2.35 20 1651

Westwood has one assist throughout the campaign so far but Cleverley, in particular, has offered little in an attacking sense. 

While Westwood creates over a chance a game, Cleverley doesn't manage to match that. The Manchester United loanee also aims nearly 20% of his passes backwards... 

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