Kyle Goldsmith analyses Aston Villa’s extreme goalscoring problem, which has seen Paul Lambert’s side hit the back of the net the least amount of times in the top eight divisions of English football.
Aston Villa currently sit 16th in the Premier League, just three points above the relegation zone. Their problem is obvious, and it’s in the ‘goals scored’ column of the league table. The Villains have scored just 11 goals all season and at this rate will end up with the smallest tally in the history of the Premier League. Yet with a seemingly decent quality and quantity of strikers, why can’t they score many goals? Here we look at some of the strikers and the service being provided.
When he was younger Agbonlahor looked like he had the potential to terrorise Premier League defences for many years. However he has never really fulfilled his potential and is not even getting into the claret and blue side at the moment. He is mainly used as a substitute, probably because he has only scored three goals in nineteen appearances this season. Yet, he is still their joint top scorer! Aston Villa could really do with their home town boy hitting form to help their bid to stay in the Premier League.
Weimann has also scored three goals this year, and is now pretty much Villa’s main striker. Since coming into the team last season he has looked promising but not a real goalscorer, which is exactly what the Villans need right now. Undoubtedly, he works hard but he isn’t real top level quality. He will need to score some goals but the Austrian will find it tough.
In the Belgian’s first season he looked exactly what the Villa needed, a goalscorer. He tallied 23 goals, and became the first Aston Villa player to pass 20 goals for a season since Juan Pablo Angel in 2003/04. He then followed that up with 11 goals last season and many thought Villa should cash in on him. However, he got injured meaning he missed the World Cup and has just not looked the same since. He’s scored only two goals this season, and doesn’t look at the moment the same player we saw when he first arrived at Villa Park. He needs to start firing soon.
Kozak has not played a game for Villa this season and looks to be a huge flop of a signing. He signed from Lazio in 2013 for a big £5 million and has scored only four goals since. It is doubtful that he’ll play for Villa ever again. However, if they can get him playing and scoring he could revive his Villa Park career.
To be fair to Weimann, Agbonlahor and Benteke the service to them has not been too good. All pretty decent players in their own right, it’s probable that at other clubs they would be scoring goals but with the service they just haven’t provided this season. Fabian Delph looks good, but Carlos Sanchez and Tom Cleverly have not been quality enough and play a huge part in Villa’s dry patch, which has seen them go over 10 hours of league football without a goal. However, with the signing of Carles Gil (a huge coup), he could provide the creativity to finally get Villa firing.
In summary, Villa’s strikers have not been good enough and they haven’t been helped by total lack of quality from the midfield behind. They play with no wingers so haven’t been able to get crosses for Benteke and Weimann in particular. It’s as simple as this: Villa must improve and score goals or they will go down.