Peter Taylor can’t see Aston Villa escaping relegation this season

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Remi Garde's side are currently bottom of the Premier League after 19 games.

Speaking to BBC Sport, former manager Peter Taylor says he can’t see Remi Garde’s side escaping relegation this season.

The Villains narrowly avoided the drop last season, with Tim Sherwood managing to guide them to safety after taking over in January.

They find themselves in a more perilous position this year though, with them currently bottom of the Premier League table and 11 points away from Swansea in 17th place.

They are without a win since the opening day defeat of Bournemouth, and Taylor says he can’t see them escaping the drop to the Championship once again.

“They are now in serious trouble and I don't see them escaping,” he told BBC Sport.

"Things haven't been right at Villa Park for some considerable time now. The position that they're in has been coming.”

“It has been there to see for anyone who has any sort of football knowledge to know they're in trouble. I don't think its been arrested properly.”

If Villa are to stand any chance of staying up this season, they need someone to step up and start scoring goals for them like Christian Benteke did previously.

They have averaged less than a goal a per game this season with 15 from 19 Premier League games, and Jordan Ayew their top goalscorer in the league with five goals.

He, and the likes of Rudy Gestede will need to seriously improve on that if they are to avoid being Championship players next season.

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