Jamie Redknapp has suggested Aston Villa's players lack the stomach for a relegation fight.
Former Premier League midfielder Jamie Redknapp has voiced his scepticism as to whether Aston Villa's players have the determination to dig in and start picking up points.
Villa are bottom of the league and have just one point from a possible nine after Remi Garde took over from Tim Sherwood.
They lost at home to Watford at the weekend, adding to the doom and gloom surrounding the club.
Redknapp told The Mail that he fears the club will not be able to retain their Premier League status.
He said: "At Villa it's a really bad situation. Remi Garde needs time and at this stage you can't write anybody off. But the players signed have not been good enough and their major problem right now is they don't look like they have the stomach for the fight."
If Redknapp is right in his assessment, it's certainly a worry given that there is a whole month to go before the transfer window opens, and Remi Garde can start shaking up the squad.
By that time it could be more difficult, with Sunderland pulling away from them over the past week by recording two consecutive wins.
Villa's next fixtures are away to Southampton, then at home to Arsenal, before a huge game away to fellow strugglers Newcastle United - a game they cannot afford to lose.