This has been a simply disastrous season for Aston Villa. They have won just three games all season and will undoubtedly go down as one of the worst teams in Premier League history. It seemed that there was no way that this campaign could get any worse for Villa, but thanks to Gabby Agbonlahor and Joleon Lescott, it has.
Villa were officially relegated from the Premier League on Saturday after a another below par performance saw them lose 1-0 to Manchester United at Old Trafford courtesy of a Marcus Rashford strike. Though it was only mathematically confirmed at the weekend, the writing has been on the wall for the Villains since the turn of the year.
So much has gone wrong for Villa this season, with unrest throughout the club, from the boardroom to the fans. Chairman Randy Lerner has been the aim of many fans protests’, and this coupled with club’s dreadful transfer dealings and poor managerial appointments, it comes as no surprise that they have been so terrible on the pitch this season.
One of the real problems on the pitch for Villa has been the near hopeless performances by some of the more senior players at the club. Gabby Agbonlahor has been at the club since the age of eight, but his lack of commitment for the cause has been shocking.
Agbonlahor, who was last named in the England squad in November 2011, has appeared just 15 times this season, scoring only twice. Last week he was suspended after he was pictured smoking a shisha while on holiday in Dubai, while he has now been sent on a two week personal fitness program. For a man once touted as the next big thing, it is a fall grace similar to that suffered by Villa, which has seen him hit a new low.
The criticism aimed at him though has been nothing compared to that suffered by centre back Joleon Lescott. The 33-year-old was heavily condemned for his tweet after his side’s 6-0 defeat at Liverpool, with a photo of a Mercedes Benz sent from his account explained by bizarre claims it was sent from his pocket.
The former Manchester City man angered fans further after their relegation on Saturday, stating “Relegation’s been on the cards for a while so this is a weight off our shoulders” on the same day he wore the captains armband, also saying “we can give fans what they deserve.” This is a quite simply disgraceful statement from a man who has constantly underperformed this season, and has consistently let down supporters.
With Villa expected to have a total clear out this summer, you would expect both to leave this summer, given the lack of commitment and passion they have shown for the club. However, you would have to wonder if any clubs would be interested in signing players after such a poor season.