Ray Wilkins on why Aston Villa's training sessions have been embarrassing

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The Villa assistant manager has had to cut short recent sessions due to the players' efforts.

Ray Wilkins has claimed the Aston Villa players work so hard during training that it is causing embarrassment for the coaching staff.

Villa have endured a difficult start to the season and currently languish in 18th place, but Wilkins has revealed the players are giving their utmost in training to turn things around.

“The lads are well prepared for it (the Chelsea game), they’re working so hard,” said Wilkins on ‘Alan Brazil’s Sports Breakfast Show’ on talkSPORT this morning, aired at 08:15.

“It’s embarrassing half the time, how hard they are working, we have to cut the sessions down because they’re putting so much in – they want to succeed.”

The words from Villa’s assistant manager will be welcomed by the natives but a lack of commitment hasn’t been the issue for the West Midlands club this season.

This summer’s drastic overhaul has created a lack of cohesion and identity within the squad and it will take time for Villa’s talented bunch to get it right.

Losing the likes of Christian Benteke, Fabian Delph and Ron Vlaar was always going to be hard to recover from and the season so far is evidence of that.

Recent reports – by the likes of the Mirror – have suggested that Tim Sherwood needs a win against Chelsea or Swansea in the next two weeks to save his job and he will need his team to translate their training ground efforts on to matchday if he is to stand any chance.

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