BBC Sport pundit Chris Sutton has claimed that Aston Villa are in 'trouble' following their opening two defeats in the Premier League.
Sutton also claimed that 'not many players', that helped Villa earn promotion, have started their opening two matches - which is a baffling claim that will not still well with the Villa faithful.
Seven players that started Aston Villa's opening league game of the season also started the Championship play-off final, with that being reduced to six against Bournemouth. Therefore, Sutton's claim is way off the mark.
Nonetheless, speaking to BBC 606 on Radio 5 Live, Sutton felt that Villa simply cannot give other teams head starts as they bid to earn their first points of the season.
"It is very difficult to criticise the board because they have given Dean Smith money," Sutton told 606. "You look at the team that got them promoted, there are not many of those players that are starting.
"Villa look to me that they are in a bit of trouble. You cannot give teams a four or five games headstart. It was really important [against Bournemouth]. Against Spurs, in many ways was a free hit. [But] Bournemouth at home, with respect to Bournemouth, you are thinking 'what an opportunity'.
"Villa's problem is are their [new] players going to gel quick enough? I would love to see them stay in the Premier League."
Villa's performances have been strong, in general, but individual mistakes against both Spurs and Bournemouth have seen them being well and truly punished.
On Friday night, Smith's side will host unbeaten Everton, who are hoping to finish in the top-six at the end of the season.
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