“The biggest problem”, “Best player today” – Many Villa fans left divided by one man’s display

Aston Villa slipped into the relegation zone after an underwhelming 3-1 defeat to Southampton, who overtook them in the process.

The latest defeat has seen further criticism aimed at Dean Smith, with fans highlighting his negative tactics and his refusal to move away from playing one striker up-front.

That striker, Wesley, has also been on the receiving end of fans anger, with many left dissatisfied by his performance, and not for the first time, with many arguing that he doesn’t offer enough.

His lack of mobility can prove a problem as it means he often plays with his back to goal, and considering he has just four goals in 18 league games he hardly makes up for his flaws with goals, so fans are rightly frustrated.

The Brazilian’s lack of form should be a big concern for Smith, but the Villa boss seems to think that he will only get better by playing himself back into form.

Villa@3x - "The biggest problem", "Best player today" - Many Villa fans left divided by one man's display

Some fans feel differently though, and have eyed Jonathan Kodjia as the man who should replace him in the team, and the fact he scored twice in mid-week may only serve to intensify that standpoint.

The Frenchman was brought on against the Saints as the home side finished the match with two players up-front, and his contribution did help Villa score a consolation goal through Jack Grealish’s effort.

Some fans have defended Wesley, however, arguing that his efforts benefited the team, and it was he who was let down due to a lack of service, rather than the other way around.

One supporter still believes he is a better option for Smith’s side than Kodjia, though it will be interesting to see how long their patience holds out.

Fans were unanimous in their criticism of Smith after the match, and perhaps rightly so after the Villans’ struggles in recent weeks.

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