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BBC pundit concedes Aston Villa have left him puzzled

Danny Mills says he finds Aston Villa’s struggles difficult to understand.

Danny Mills has commented on the BBC Sport Saturday Live column that he is surprised by Aston Villa’s struggles this season considering the talent they have at their disposal.

The Villans were downed once again on their travels this weekend, losing 1-0 at Newcastle United in a match which could have gone either way as both sides had opportunities.

Despite a positive performance and a clear boost in confidence following Tim Sherwood’s arrival, the Midlands outfit remain in the bottom three having scored just 13 league goals all season.

With the players Villa have at their disposal, BBC pundit Mills believes the situation at Villa Park is odd but concedes their inability to put some wins on the board could see them go down.

"I find it really odd that Villa are in so much trouble,” Mills explained. “They've got some really good players.”

“They've got good defenders, they've got good midfielders, such as Fabian Delph, have Christian Benteke up front, they've got Carles Gil who's just come in as well. Gabriel Agbonlahor's still in there.

“But it just hasn't come together. They could get sucked into it. Tim Sherwood has called for six wins out of 12 games. That's a massive ask for a team in their situation."

Do Aston Villa have a chance of staying up?

Villa’s biggest problem is creating chances, and no matter how good their defence can be not scoring enough goals will always hurt teams vying to stay in the Premier League.

Like Leicester City, it’s not that often Sherwood’s new team find themselves completely outplayed by the opposition. In fact, it’s merely fine margins which often decide their fate.

However, they don’t have long left to iron out their shortages and they need results quickly as they have a tough looking April ahead of them with away games against Spurs and the Manchester duo awaiting.

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