Aston Villa legend Tony Morley questions commitment of club's senior players

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The Midlands club are all but relegated after Saturday's 2-1 home defeat to Bournemouth left them 15 points from safety with just five games left.

Aston Villa legend Tony Morley believes some of the club’s more experienced players need to take a hard look at themselves after their relegation was all but confirmed with Saturday’s 2-1 home defeat to Bournemouth.

Morley was speaking to AVTV after the game at Villa Park, having seen Bournemouth take a 2-0 lead on the afternoon after Steve Cook opened the scoring just before half-time and Joshua King double their lead 16 minutes from the end following a defensive mix-up.

Jordan Ayew gave the hosts some hope of a comeback in the 85th-minute with his sixth goal of the season, confusing his marker with a nifty move before finishing from the edge of the area, but it was ultimately not enough to prevent them from slipping to an eighth straight defeat.

Norwich City’s 1-0 loss at Crystal Palace meant they avoided relegation until at least Sunday, but as they sit 15 points from safety at the foot of the table with just five games left, it is only a matter of time before their fate is confirmed.

After a dramatic summer rebuild, the club’s overseas imports have taken a lot of the blame in the press for the dismal campaign which has seen them pick up just three wins and 16 points, but Morley believes it is the more senior members of the squad who have to question whether they have given their all over recent months.

Speaking to AVTV about the loss, the former European Cup-winning winger said: “I think Ayew deserved a goal. He was a decent player today, but some of the experienced players have got to look at themselves this season and think, ‘Have I done enough for this club?’

“I think there’s one or two of them who have got to take a look at themselves because what people say is the truth – they just haven’t done enough for the club.

“This is a fantastic football club and some of these players will be leaving and will not get a better club.”

With relegation virtually guaranteed at this point, fans have been calling for caretaker manager Eric Black to give some of the younger players a run in the side to better prepare them for life in the second tier.

However, with a trip to Manchester United coming up next weekend, Morley is not sure whether the Scot will risk picking the likes of Jordan Lyden and Andre Green at Old Trafford.

“The only thing about it now is that we’ve got one or two young players who might be given a chance,” he told AVTV. “But we’re not officially relegated and Old Trafford’s not a place to go to and maybe put young players in because they’re still pushing for Europe, so it might be the wrong place to pick them.

“But give them a chance. They’re the future of this football club.”

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