As the heat on Tim Sherwood increases, we take a look at why persisting with Ashley Westwood could well have been his biggest mistake so far this season.
In the opening eight matches, only Brad Guzan, Jordan Amavi and Micah Richards have played more than Westwood in the Premier League, which has caused a lot of fan frustration.
The former Crewe Alexander midfielder has been put under the spotlight by supporters this season, leading to an angry response from fans on Twitter asking for him to be dropped.
Nevertheless, Sherwood has continued to persist with Westwood in midfield despite the frustration from the supporters and has essentially made a rod for his own back.
Why Sherwood needs to drop Westwood for the game against Chelsea on Saturday?
Although the comments from supporters regarding Westwood can be categorised as over the top in some cases, the situation is reaching boiling point and needs to be better managed.
The 25-year-old is now under intense pressure to perform, not just for himself but for his boss, as his presence on the field begins to epitomise Sherwood’s stubbornness in his selection.
A report in the Mirror, as reported by the Birmingham Mail, states Sherwood has just two games to save his job and the inclusion of Westwood is unlikely to win him any extra favours should he fail to get the results.
A few games away from the spotlight, giving someone else the chance in the process, could be the best option for all involved as Villa look to regain confidence and form.