The selection error that Lambert must address quickly at Aston Villa

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Aston Villa's Kieran Richardson has not looked impressive at left-back.

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has a lot of issues to tackle if he is to get his side moving away from the drop, but one of the first things he should do is to take Kieran Richardson out of the left-back spot in the team.

Richardson has been utilised at full-back in Villa's past few matches and he simply does not look comfortable playing that role.

As a midfielder, or even on a wing, there can be a role for Richardson, but insisting on playing him in the left-back berth is hurting the side.

The experienced former Fulham man has proven that he can still be a useful squad player this campaign, but only if deployed correctly.

Richardson's strengths lie in his mobility and his ability going forward, but he is not a natural defender and that has been exposed in recent matches.

Villa formed the basis of their success, at the very start of the season, on having a solid and compact back line and Richardson doesn't seem to fit into that strategy. 

Although Richardson may not be Villa's biggest problem at the moment, he still is a concern and it is something that Lambert needs to amend if he is to help the side get back to top form. 

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