The pressure is on Paul Lambert. There’s no doubting that. The Scot has endured a torrid time in the Premier League this season, and has seen his side score just 11 league goals.
But one of the strongest footballers’ in the world, Christian Benteke, is back, Aston Villa have lost just 1 in 7, and they’ve stopped the rot. However, is this good enough for a manager in his 3rd season at one of the biggest clubs in England?
Off-field instability has granted the former Norwich boss slight mitigation but the excuses are starting to wear thin and the Holte End faithful are unsurprisingly fed up.
Lambert moved to Villa following a magic spell at Norwich; taking the Canaries from the bottom of League 1 to the Premier League in just a few whirlwind seasons.
However, those who heralded Lambert as the man with the Midas touch were soon to be disappointed after 3 seasons of largely insipid football and equally worst results ensued. Bradford City.
The main issue lies in Villa’s dreadful home form. Since Lambert took over, home victories have been few and far between, adding substance to the argument that some of the Glaswegian’s signings crumble under the pressure of an expectant home crowd.
Not all of Villa’s home sickness can be attributed to Lambert, in-fact, his predecessors struggled equally. However, It’s the fact that this home form doesn’t look like abating anytime soon which remains of most concern.
Victories over teams like Leicester, who Villa managed to hold off last week, may indicate the tide is finally turning but for a team struggling for goals, the opening of the January transfer window could pose further problems.
Lots of clubs will be interested in the talismatic Christian Benteke, one of only a handful of Lambert signings to get the seal of approval from the claret n blue army. Ron Vlaar’s furture looks uncertain- as does Fabian Dellph’s-who has been linked most recently with a switch to Liverpool.
It’s certain that in terms of history and stature, Aston Villa should not be battling relegation. However, the Premier League shows no favours to old friends, as Newcastle United proved a few seasons ago.
The club are among the favourites at 8/1 to go down this term according to Freebets BetVictor odds, which is simply not good enough for a club who finished 6th for three consecutive seasons only a few years ago.
In the mind of Villa fans, 2010 seems like a long time ago and the question is can/will Aston Villa reach those heights once more?
The club is up for sale and working on a low budget, so some may argue that now is not the time to swing the axe on Lambert. However, by today’s standards- in terms of managerial sackings- Lambert is a lucky boy. you may join betbind to predict for the rest of the matches in this season.