Former Aston Villa midfielder Ian Taylor believes that the club was wrong to substitute Jordan Lyden after just 45 minutes of their game against Bournemouth, and suggested that the move could prove detrimental to the 20-year-old's development, the Birmingham Mail reports.
The midfielder was unable to make much of an impact against the Cherries, and ended up being replaced at the break with the away side leading 1-0. And Taylor claimed that Eric Black made a mistake deciding to take Lyden off so early.
"Jordan Lyden found it difficult last week because it's a big step up, but I wouldn't have taken him off after 45 minutes," he told the Birmingham Mail.
"That could knock his confidence. There were players out on that pitch who were worse than he was so if it was down to me I’d have kept him on."
With the defeat to Eddie Howe's side basically confirming that the Villains will be playing in the Championship next season - they would need a perfect record from their final five games to stand a chance of staying up - it was arguably important that Black showed the faith the club had in Lyden by giving him a longer chance.
When their relegation is confirmed, the side will surely do everything they can to put this sorry chapter behind them, and inevitably, that will probably mean that several first-team players from this season will move on.
That may mean that the likes of Lyden and Andre Green will have to take on extra responsibility next season, especially as many will be expecting Villa to bounce straight back up.
And Taylor is clearly concerned that almost scapegoating the Australian amongst a side that has been woeful practically all year is unlikely to provide him with the belief that he could have an important role to play next term.