Thomas Hitzlsberger makes surprising claim about Aston Villa's situation

The German feels the club's lowly position could work in Remi Garde's favour.

Former Aston Villa midfielder Tomas Hitzlsperger believes Villa’s position at the foot of the table could work in the favour of new manager Remi Garde.

The Frenchman’s appointment was confirmed on Monday and he inherits a club with just four points from their first 11 games, currently enduring a seven-game losing streak in the Premier League.

Turning around their fortunes will be a huge task but Hitzlsperger feels the clairity of the situation will help the former Lyon man keep the Villains up.

"There are 28 games left and the benefit is that he’s signed for a club who know they’re already in a relegation battle from day one - that’s an advantage,” he said, in quotes published by the Birmingham Mail.

"Whereas there will be other teams who are currently comfortable who might get dragged into it towards the end. He knows what the mission is. He has to keep them up and it will be a hard fight but I have hope.”

Despite their worrying predicament, the Villa squad undoubtedly has its share of talented individuals and if Garde is able to improve the performances of the former Ligue One contingent in particular, he’ll have a shot at an escape.

Many of those came across the channel with great reputations but have so far failed to click into gear at Villa Park and making sure they do so will be one of Garde’s primary tasks.

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