Aston Villa are all but down and Jamie Carragher believes they are the worst team he’s ever seen. Straight up, he’s wrong.
The villains, Aston Villa are currently 26 games in with 16 points presumably they’ll get a couple more.
Derby got 11 in a whole season. (2007/08)
Sunderland once got 15. (2005/06)
Despite their 6-0 drubbing at the weekend, Aston Villa are not the worst there has been from a points perspective. It’s not just a question of points either but simply talent.
Don’t take my word for it, lets compare the teams..
ASTON VILLA (2015/16)
Guzan, Richards, Lescott, Okore, Amavi, Richardson, Sinclair, Bacuna, Grealish, Veretout, Agbonlahor, Ayew.
A talented side in truth, Villa’s defence looks like it should be a rock on paper. With two premier league winners, plenty of pace and a powerful back four Villa shouldn’t have the shaky defence they do, nor the weak attack as they are flush with skilful wingers. What’s wrong is the attitude, and that’s why they are going down.
DERBY COUNTY (2007/08)
Bywater, Mears, Moore, Leacock, McEveley, Lewis, Savage, Pearson, Fagan, Barnes, Miller.
An ageing squad with even older reserves, the likes of Andy todd, Darren Moore, and Robert Earnshaw were all past their best going into this season. Add to that a useless recruitment policy which saw the arrival of Savage, Mills and Laurent Robert all in their 30’s, Derby set a record low point tally under Paul Jewell, as well as having one of the oldest teams on record. Perhaps evidence that physicality is now more necessary than ever.
Davis, Hoyte, Caldwell, Breen, Arca, Nosworthy, Whitehead, Miller, Lawrence, Stead, Le Tallec.
With a side in which no player played more than a couple years in the premiership, Sunderland were asking for relegation. A team of Championship players were made to look like it and duly got just 15 points.
Ultimately Aston Villa are by no means the worst the BPL has seen.
The Premier league is better than ever and the talent on display even at the ‘bad’ clubs is still outrageous. People are quick to forget that many in that villa side have earned England caps and if they played this Derby side or sunderland for that matter, I have no doubt who would in the end come out on top.
Jamie Carragher should watch a few on the teams he played against.