Frank Lampard explains why he's surprised by Villa, gives Remi Garde advice

The former Premier League midfielder has been discussing Aston Villa's plight.

Frank Lampard was a special guest on Monday Night Football and admitted he is surprised by Aston Villa's struggles this season, according to Sky Sports.

Indeed, Lampard faced Villa with Manchester City last campaign and says they played 'really well.'

The midfielder, now in the MLS, feels the Midlands outfit will face a tough battle to stay up and believes their biggest problem lies with personnel.

Lampard said as a guest on Sky's Monday Night Football ahead of the Tottenham Hotspur - Villa clash: "It’s strange because I played them last season and they played really well. Their problems now are with personnel.

"It’s going to be a really tough battle for them to stay up."

And the 37-year-old also reacted to Remi Garde's appointment as the new Aston Villa manager. He feels Garde's personality will be key as he looks to impose himself on the Villa squad with immediate effect.

Lampard added: "I think the personality of the manager coming in is a big thing. He needs to really go in, make changes and hope that’ll make the difference."

It will be interesting to see how Garde fares at Villa Park.

It's certainly a risk to appoint a man with no Premier League experience. But Tim Sherwood didn't have much, either.

Looking at Garde's track record, he *should* be a good appointment. Those who argue otherwise should be listened to - unless they say it's simply because he's not British. That isn't even worth dignifying with a response.

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