Paul Scholes criticises two of Aston Villa's signings

Paul Scholes has picked out two Aston Villa signings from last summer he believes contributed to Paul Lambert's sacking.

Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes has criticised two of Aston Villa's summer signings as desperation additions.

Manager Paul Lambert was sacked last week and replaced with Tim Sherwood, in an attempt to stave off the form which had sent them into the relegation zone.

Two players who have barely featured for one reason or another have been Joe Cole and Phillipe Senderos, two free agent additions. 

Scholes told The Independent: "Some of the signings last summer felt like they were made by a club that had run out of options. Philippe Senderos has not played a minute since November, having first been injured on international duty.

"Joe Cole has started three league matches all season. As a manager you live and die by your recruitment and you have to wonder about those two signings."

According to, Senderos is on the verge of making a return, rated as having a 25 per cent chance of being available this weekend. He was at least a regular before his injury, playing 90 minutes in seven Premier League games, which included three clean sheets including one at Anfield.

Cole meanwhile has simply been omitted, usually a substitute, last featuring for the final half an hour in the 2-0 loss away to Hull City. He has scored once, back in November against Burnley, but it was not enough to kickstart his Villa career.

Tim Sherwood's arrival may already be Cole's last chance saloon to salvage his top flight career. The 33-year-old did not make an impact at West Ham last season either, and faces a tough task at Villa to reverse his slide.

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