Villa look a sure bet for relegation this season, and Dion Dublin has told talkSPORT that whilst the management staff do deserve some of the blame, the players need to own up to their problems as well.
The former Villa star said: “The managers have got to take some responsibility for the results, but I’ve got to say the players have got to stand up and be counted. I’d love to hear a couple of the players stand up in the media and say: ‘We’re to blame, we’ve been useless’.”
Villa have picked up just five points from 13 games this season, winning only their opening fixture against Bournemouth.
Tim Sherwood was blamed for the poor early season form and was sacked, and whilst Remi Garde’s debut game seemed to show improvement, the 4-0 loss to Everton at the weekend suggested that problems remain.
It is hard to see where the Midlands club will pick up their next point from, and if the poor form continues, it will be clear that the issue lies with the players - rather than the manager.
If Garde cannot change anything from Sherwood’s reign, the players will have to take the blame, and Dublin has admitted that he would like to see them stand up and accept that they have been far below the required level in the Premier League.
Players such as Brad Guzan, Gabby Agbonlahor, Scott Sinclair and Joleon Lescott have been performing far below the level they can, and they should publicly acknowledge this fact to appease the supporters who have to watch them every week.
It looks to be a long season for Villa, and if the players continue to perform as they have been, it is hard to see results picking up any time soon.