Premier League Clubs Who Kickstarted Their New Season With the Same Problems

Manchester United mascot Fred (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
Manchester United mascot Fred (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images) /
2 of 4
Steven Gerrard - Philippe Coutinho - Ollie Watkins - Aston Villa
Philippe Coutinho and Ollie Watkins of Aston Villa talking to Steven Gerrard the manager/head coach of Aston Villa. (Photo by James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images) /

Aston Villa

Nobody hustled at the beginning of the summer transfer window better than Aston Villa did. Steven Gerrard made it clear he was going to be ambitious and needed new faces added to his team, and new faces did he sure got ahead of the new Premier League campaign.

This weekend showed, however, that hustle and bustle doesn’t always lead to results that are expected. Maybe Villa fans (and anyone who paid attention to transfer business) had slightly high expectations from all the excitement the club had created during the summer, but a 2-0 loss away to newly-promoted Bournemouth was certainly not what anyone had in mind.

The frustrating thing about Villa is that there is plenty of promising talent and experience among their ranks, unfortunately, figuring out which players work out and where to put them has turned into a jigsaw that Gerrard has shown no headway in solving, so far.

Add that to the club’s recent unexpected announcement of long-standing club captain Tyrone Mings being stripped of his captaincy, and then being an unused sub in Saturday’s loss, only sparked more heat on social media from the Villa fanbase.

Sparked tensions that the club could probably do without at the moment.