Ciaran Clark: The last few years have been too similar for Aston Villa

Aston Villa defender Ciaran Clark has suggested the club's end to next season must be different compared to previous years.

Aston Villa defender Ciaran Clark told AVTV that he feels the last few years have been too similar for the club.

Clark feels that the side has always been under pressure heading into the final fixtures of recent seasons, looking to preserve their Premier League status.

“The last few years it’s been fairly similar. Leading up to the last few games of the season we’ve always needed results or to win a few games, but this year I don’t think we were ever in doubt that we had the ability to stay up,” he said.

Current Villa manager Tim Sherwood needs to work hard to change the mentality and to get the club into a position where they are fighting in mid-table and above by the time the final few weeks of the season kick in.

It’s not going to be easy considering the current deficiencies in the squad, which need to be addressed in the transfer market.

If he’s backed to bring in the right players to address areas of the squad, Villa will have a chance to work on and improve their consistency.

The back end of the last campaign showed how difficult things have been with Sherwood as he was forced to use players out of position across his back four such as Alan Hutton at left-back.

That can’t continue and if Sherwood ensures he’s got two good players in each position, Villa can set their sights a little bit higher and hopefully progress significantly to ensure that the struggles of last season never repeat themselves.

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