Ray Parlour says lack of January business is his biggest problem with Aston Villa

Rémi Garde

The lack of investment in the winter must have frustrated Remi Garde, believes his former Arsenal team-mate.

Aston Villa have certainly had a season to forget. They currently sit at the foot of the Premier League table and were dumped out of both cup competitions.

The club lost plenty of star players in the summer and there new arrivals have failed to plug the gaps, with dramatic consequences.

Despite their lowly position going into January however the club did not bring in any new players. The club had names constantly listed in the press and Villa manager Remi Garde consistently mentioned names he would have liked to see arrive at Villa Park.

For whatever reason it never happened and no players arrived, leaving Garde facing an uphill battle to lead Villa anywhere but off the bottom of the table.

Speaking to Sky Sports News today (25/02/2016) Ray Parlour, a former team-mate of Garde's at Arsenal, bemoaned that decision - suggesting it sent the wrong message to the fans and players:

"It's going to be difficult but the problem I have with it all is that they didn't take a gamble and buy players. They didn't go out there and try and buy players in the transfer window.

"Every single team around them bought players.

"It is probably (a sign that they have given up). That's what has come over to the fans as well and the players who are still there.

"You look at Sunderland, Newcastle, all the teams around them, Bournemouth have spent big money as well, Norwich went out and bought a few players as well. Every single team is saying we want to stay in the Premier League this year.

"I think Aston Villa fans were waiting for something to happen in the transfer window and nothing did happen. I imagine Remi Garde is probably frustrated with that as well."

Villa's pursuit of new players may of course been futile, with not many players willing to move to a team so seemingly doomed and under a cloud.

However the size and prestige of the club would surely have tempted many into a Villa Park switch if the right offers were made.

Instead it does just seem that Villa decided to take a knee in this relegation dogfight. Hopefully they will be more proactive in the summer.

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