Sir Ian Of Taylor told Mat Kendrick at The Birmingham Mail that we need a new midfield general like Gareth Barry once was.
"It`s definitely an area where we need to strengthen because we really could do with someone in there who can influence games."
He says once Stan was out ill, we missed him and had no experience in the middle.
(get well soon skipper)
"We really haven`t had anyone with the presence in there to make the team tick." Adding, "It`s been a difficult position for us in central midfield since Gareth Barry and James Milner left and it is a position where you do need somebody who can be the heartbeat of the team."
He also says that it is great we have so many young players coming through but it has to be balanced with experience.
The report also mentions the return of Jean Makoun II
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See also: Fresh Start For Jean Makoun II
And: Jean Makoun Profile.
He will apparently get a clean slate at Villa, which judging by what we paid for him, he should be. McLeish seemed well out of order shipping him straight out and then moaning through the season he didn`t have the depth in his squad!
Taylor says: "Sometimes it can be difficult for players to settle and that seems to be the case with Jean. Villa need to make sure he is happy off the pitch as well as on it if we are to see what he is capable of in a Villa shirt. I watched him a few times the season before last and you can see what his qualities are. His calmness on the ball and his passing and I think he could be effective alongside the type of dominant midfielder I talked about earlier."
Full Taylor comments on Makoun: The Birmingham Mail
And on that note, with no other articles due, I`m off to get ready to go to VMF. One of the best places in the world!!!!
Manager Tim Sherwood has spoken of his disappointment - and shouldered the blame - for today's one nil loss to Stoke City.
All the stats from Aston Villa (0) vs (1) Stoke, Villa Park, 3/10/15 Att: 33,189
Statistics, damn lies and Aston Villa..
Bit of a mix and match today from manager Tim Sherwood's pre Stoke press conference.
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