David Pleat slams Aston Villa's foreign mercenaries

David Pleat says Aston Villa caretaker Eric Black should utilise the club's youth in the final six Premier League games.

BBC pundit David Pleat has revealed that he would like to see Aston Villa use their young players instead of "foreign mercenaries" for the remainder of the Premier League season as the club prepares for relegation.

Four Britons were named in Villa's first XI for Saturday's 4-0 defeat by Chelsea in the West Midlands - a result that ultimately left them 15 points adrift of safety at the foot of the table as demotion to the Championship looks certain.

Given their precarious situation, Pleat feels that caretaker boss Eric Black - who stood in for Remi Garde following the Frenchman's sacking last Tuesday - would restore a degree of optimism over the future at Villa if he used the club's final six games as an opportunity to give youngsters a chance.

"In the last few games I'd take these foreign mercenaries out of the Villa team," he said on BBC Radio on Saturday.

"I'd give the responsibility to younger players with a view on next season. The crowd would get behind six or seven new faces coming in from the Villa under-21s. They may even get a couple of results, which will give the fans great heart."


There was something of a toxic atmosphere before a ball was even kicked on Saturday as frustrated supporters held up placards reading 'proud history, what future' in protest to American owner Randy Lerner.


Pleat might have a point with regards to blooding youngsters. They host Bournemouth - who have shipped seven goals and scored none in their last two Premier League games - next weekend in what is arguably Villa's most winnable game out of the remaining six. Fans might prefer to see unproven talent rather than players who are proven to be meagre.

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