Joleon Lescott makes questionable claims about commitment of Aston Villa players

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The centre-back has been discussing the Villa squad.

Joleon Lescott has insisted the Aston Villa squad are determined to go out and fight for their club during their relegation battle, according to the Daily Mail.

Villa lost 2-0 at home to Arsenal on Sunday afternoon and are in danger of sinking without a trace at the bottom of the Premier League table.

Villa's rivals, however, are starting to pick up points. Bournemouth and Newcastle United have both won their last two games, while Sunderland and Norwich City have achieved good results over the past few weeks.

Lescott is quoted as saying by the Daily Mail: "The points are still there to be won - in order for us to climb out. It's very much in our hands. And we know how vital the next run of games is for the club.

"Everyone in that dressing room is determined to go out and get the maximum points we can. We aim on capitalising on some good results and, in the process, them not getting any points."

The problem with Lescott's quotes, however, is that they seem to suggest the exact opposite to what the evidence does.

In Aston Villa's last few games, they have been poor - sure - but it's not their lack of ability that's necessarily been questioned. Indeed, every pundit under the sun has noticed one common theme from the Villa players (regardless of who has been in charge at Villa Park): their lack of effort.

So, when Lescott suggests 'everyone' in the dressing room is 'determined,' fans can be forgiven for asking whether that's actually true. It certainly hasn't shown so far.

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