Aston Villa stars won’t feel at fault for current situation, says Peter Taylor

Remi Garde's side are currently bottom of the Premier League table and were beaten by Sunderland on Saturday.

Aston Villa’s players won’t feel they are to blame for their current predicament, former manager Peter Taylor has told BBC Sport.

Relegation rivals Sunderland beat Remi Garde’s side on Saturday to continue their winless run in the Premier League this season.

They are now without a victory in 19 games since beating Bournemouth on the opening day of the season, a run that has seen them rooted to the bottom of the table.

With just eight points to their name, they are currently 11 points from Swansea in 17th and looking destined for relegation.

A multitude of factors have been blamed, but Taylor says that the players will not feel responsible for the current predicament.

"The players themselves, particularly those who have just been signed, won't feel it's their fault that they're in this position,” he told BBC Sport.

"They've got to hope and put their minds to getting the points and believing they can escape. But I have to say it's looking very unlikely."

While Aston Villa’s players may not believe they are to blame for their current predicament, there is no denying they are somewhat responsible.

Those brought in in the summer were signed in order to replace the departed Christian Benteke and Fabian Delph, but have so far failed to do that.

Indeed, the majority are not even looking to be close to Premier League quality, and many would believe they are firmly to blame should Aston Villa be relegated as expected.

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