Aston Villa defender Micah Richards has told The Telegraph that the squad lacks Premier League experience as they fight relegation this season.
Richards, 27, was one of Tim Sherwood's marquee signings over the summer, signing on a free transfer after his Manchester City contract expired.
Richards has been played in his preferred position of centre back, but he hasn't been able to help Villa avoid a dismal start to the Premier League season.
With just one win to their name, Villa sit bottom of the Premier League with only five points to their name from 13 games, and Sherwood lost his job as manager in October.
New boss Remi Garde has come in, but saw Villa lose 4-0 away at Everton last weekend as the club's struggles continue even with a new manager at the helm.
Rather than look at the managers, the blame may lie with the summer recruitment. Villa chose to bring a host of foreign players, specifically from France - and they are all taking a while to settle in to life in Premier League football.
Now, The Telegraph have asked Richards whether he believes the Villa squad are lacking Premier League experience, and he gave a frank response.
"Yeah, I think it is. You need experience in the Premier League and the players that will go over and beyond for you," said Richards. "I don’t want to blame anything on the new players. When I went to Italy, I wasn’t expecting to be the best player there. But we’ve had people come from France, Spain and the Championship and they need time," he added.
"It’s not about if they’re not good enough, they need time to adapt and we haven’t got that now. The new manager has come in and hopefully he can get the best out of the French players, because there were certain things Tim was trying to get across that they didn’t understand because of the language barrier," he added.