Speaking to talkSPORT, Alvin Martin has regaled a story of when West Ham were relegated, making an unfavourable comparison with Aston Villa’s current situation.
Martin said: “I got relegated on a couple of occasions with West Ham. When we went down the first time when I was a young player, we came back as a much better team, and a much stronger club. We had some young players who were coming through. It was a blessing in disguise. I don’t see that here [with Aston Villa]. I don’t see young players ready to come through and learn their trade, and progress into Premier League players. You [Villa] are in a mess.”
Aston Villa’s squad is certainly not good enough for the Premier League, and many players don’t look good enough for the Championship either.
There is the belief that being relegated can be a good thing for a club, as it gives you the chance to rebuild in a less pressurised environment.
This is how West Ham were relegated and came back more successful during Martin’s time in East London, but he cannot seem the same situation happening at Villa.
He highlights the lack of young players breaking through into the Villa first-team as a key factor as to why they will struggle to have future success.
When relegated, Villa will have to sell a number of their first-team players who won’t want to play in the Championship. These would be replaced by younger talents, but despite winning the NextGen Series in 2013, Villa don’t seem to have any fantastic youth talents coming through.
Martin is critical of Villa, claiming they are in a mess, and with impending relegation set to hamper the side, it is hard to see their future being anything other than bleak.