Gary Gardner's tweet sums up what Aston Villa have lacked

The Villans have been one of the worst Premier League sides in history.

With another two Premier League matches to go, Aston Villa are preparing for life in the Championship following an abject season which has yielded a paltry three victories - and two managers.

Tim Sherwood and Remi Garde were both unable to kick-start a team who, in truth, had looked rather apathetic toward Villa's relegation fight for quite some time - and even more so after their demotion, after 29 years in the top flight, was confirmed.

Midfielder Gary Gardner - on loan at Nottingham Forest - might have then tweeted something which a whole host of Villa fans will surely agree with, a list of characteristics which do not require talent.

On the list, such qualities such as work ethic, attitude, passion, being coachable, energy and effort are present, prompting the question: would the Villans be consigned to the Championship had much of their squad boasted the aforementioned qualities all season long?

The list might resonate with Villa fans, many of whom have accused the team of lacking fight - and especially Gabriel Agbonlahor, who was suspended last month after being pictured partying just hours after the team were relegated, whereas Joleon Lescott labelled the relegation as a relief.

Nottingham Forest ace Gardner, 23, has enjoyed a decent season with the Reds and it remains to be seen where he will be plying his trade next term.

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