Ray Parlour questions underperforming Aston Villa players

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Aston Villa have been struggling this season under Tim Sherwood.

Speaking to talkSPORT, Arsenal great Ray Parlour has questioned the impact that a number of Aston Villa players have been having this season, namely Jack Grealish and his attacking teammates.

Parlour said: “They are lacking that little bit of flair. I think they expected Grealish to do much better than what he has done so far. [Also] people like Sinclair, Agbonlahor and Gestede. I’ve watched them a few times, and they are lacking penetration in the final third.”

Villa have certainly not started this season in try style many would have hoped, with expectations high after a summer of rebuilding and an opening day victory over Bournemouth.

Since that game, Tim Sherwood’s side have picked up just one point, and now sit in the relegation places.

Although they have been acceptable defensively, with one of the best defensive records near the bottom end of the table, it has been a failure to have an attacking threat which is costing the Midlands side.

They have scored only eight times in eight games, and Parlour has criticised the lack of impact brought by players such as Jack Grealish - who was tipped to have a great season - as well as Scott Sinclair, Gabriel Agbonlahor and Rudy Gestede.

Only Gestede and Sinclair could argue Parlour’s criticism with any sort of backing, having netted three and two goals respectively, but Grealish’s impact looks to be decreasing from last season - and Agbonlahor looks completely ineffectual.

Villa have enough talent in their squad to realistically secure a mid-table finish, but Sherwood needs to get his attacking players performing at the top of their abilities if they are to have any hope of staying in the Premier League this season.

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