Aston Villa – Final position 20th
Player of the season – Jordan Ayew. Just about the only player who seemed to give one iota of fight and actual damn about the plight the club found itself in. Sadly, the 7 goals he was able to score only really served to not embarrass them too much in some games.
Signing of the season – Jordan Ayew. It wasn’t difficult to be. The other ‘players’ Villa drafted in were nothing short of being one or all of either very poor, mercenary or absolutely gutless dross. Ayew showed glimpses of being a great player. He deserved better.
Flop of the season – Joleon Lescott. This could have gone to many of the squad, they were that bad. Lescott veered from being very poor to out and out pathetic. His body language as Villa leaked goals at times was a disgrace. Let’s not forget ‘that’ tweet either!
Young Villan to look out for – Andre Green. The only shining light of the, frankly, dreadfully sad position the club finds itself in is that its youth system is bearing fruit. Green could make a huge impact in the Championship. A tricky and pacey winger.
Former European Champions. An undoubted institution in the English game. The biggest club in the ‘second’ city. Aston Villa should be a force year after year in the Premier League. Sadly, they won’t even be in it as of next season. They drop into the Championship alongside other old giants such as Nottingham Forest and Leeds, and like them, may take a long time to return. Villa subjected their massive fan base to a horrific and demoralising showing this season. It’s very hard to even think of a particularly good run of form, some hope that they may drag themselves out. The reality is, there wasn’t, bar some fleeting victories over the likes of Norwich and Crystal Palace. What will hurt Villa fans the most is two-fold. Firstly, they spent a lot of money in the off-season, north of £50 million. However, barring Jordan Ayew, the business was a disaster. A vision of playing with a ‘moneyball’ and ‘buy young to sell high’ approach was ill-thought out at best. Their then-manager Tim Sherwood wanted players with a pedigree, the likes of Victor Moses, Esteban Cambiasso and Tom Cleverley, to build on a promising beginning to his reign. He instead got the likes of raw Jordan Amavi and Idrissa Gana. This was the prelude to the second problem – an, at best, clueless; and, at worst, gutless team who couldn’t compete in a fierce league. Remi Garde was drafted in, but it was always too late. A dreadful, insipid campaign.