Remi Garde’s not worried about the effort of his Aston Villa players during this slog toward Premier League relegation.
The player quality, however, is another story.
After losing to woeful Sunderland by a 3-1 score line, Villa is 7 points back of the 19th place Black Cats, nine back of 18th place Newcastle, and 11 back of safety.
The manager is worried. Though he’s said he’ll stick around if Villa are relegated for the first time in Premier League history, Garde wants 2-3 new players in the January window to give survival a proper fight.
From the BBC:
“Today I didn’t see a side who didn’t give everything they could. When you concede so many goals it’s difficult to win games. You cannot be positive when you lose. I’m not here to lose – I’m here to try to make the team win. Today we were so close. We didn’t play badly. I can blame my players in certain situations – when you concede a goal, it’s always from a mistake. I see a team who wanted to fight. But we need some quality.”
The Villans scored a high-class goal from a pair of talented players on Saturday, but that’s far from the norm.
Garde needs productive Premier League players that can dig in and scrap some points together fast, because this season looks like a nearly-unclimbable mountain.
If you mercifully allow the League Cup, Aston Villa hasn’t won since late September. Stick it to the Premier League, and you’re going back to Opening Day. That’s not luck, or tactics, or manager. It’s a dearth of PL talent.