Alex McLeish has told Channel Five's Capital One Cup highlights show that Emmauel Adebayor would have scored enough goals to keep Aston Villa away from trouble.
Villa were linked with Adebayor throughout the summer, with the Daily Mail suggesting that the experienced forward figured prominently on Tim Sherwood’s shopping list.
However, no deal materialised and McLeish, who managed Villa between 2011 and 2012, feels that their failure to land the striker has harmed their chances this season.
“The recruitment [over the summer] saw them bring in guys who aren't household names. Villa fans are used to seeing household names in the past,” the Scot said.
“I’m not saying they’re bad players, but these players are going to take time. Tim Sherwood didn’t get that time to allow those players to settle.
“He also didn’t get those players like [Emmanuel] Adebayor, for instance. I’m not saying Adebayor was the be all or end all, but he would have got them enough goals to keep them in a safe position in the table.”
Villa ended up signing Scott Sinclair, Jordan Ayew and Rudy Gestede to strengthen their attacking ranks over the summer, but none of the trio have set pulses racing at Villa Park to date.
Sinclair has spent a lot of time on the substitutes’ bench, while Gestede and Ayew have only showed their ability in patches – rather than over a sustained period.
As a result, the Claret and Blues have struggled for goals, and that has been one of the reasons behind their disastrous start to the campaign.
Villa are currently rooted to the foot of the Premier League table, and even the sacking of Sherwood doesn’t seem to have sparked them into life – as they lost 2-1 to Southampton in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday evening.