Alan Shearer gives his damning verdict on Aston Villa's performance against Stoke

Alan Shearer has slammed Aston Villa's display against Stoke City.

BBC pundit Alan Shearer told Match of the Day on Saturday evening that these are 'worrying times' for Aston Villa, as quoted by the Birmingham Mail.

Villa have still won just one game this season - a 1-0 victory over Bournemouth on the opening day of the season - after another defeat on Saturday.

Stoke City were the latest team to beat Villa, as Marko Arnautovic's second half goal condemned Tim Sherwood's men to a sixth defeat from eight Premier League games this term.

With only four points to their name, Villa are rooted in the bottom three, and pressure is mounting on manager Sherwood after such a disappointing start to the campaign.

Another relegation battle is now expected, and that is certainly not what Villa fans were hoping for after Sherwood brought in over ten players this summer to strengthen a squad which only narrowly avoided the drop to the Championship last season.

Sherwood now has the international break to try and sort out Villa's problems, but BBC pundit Shearer gave a damning verdict on the club's situation.

As quoted by the Birmingham Mail, Shearer told Match of the Day that these are worrying times for Villa - but wouldn't be shocked if they manage to beat crisis club Chelsea after the international break.

"It's worrying when the manager says it's getting worse," said Shearer. "They've lost six of their last seven games. Defensively they were really poor and you saw the space that Arnautovic had there (for the goal). Worrying times for Aston Villa. But they might go and win their next one the way Chelsea are playing!" he added.

With that game against Chelsea coming after the international break, Sherwood needs points - and fast. Pressure is mounting on the ex-Tottenham boss, and he could well find himself out of a job in the near future unless results improve.

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