Several Aston Villa fans have taken to Twitter to plead with the club to make a double full-back change ahead of their game against Everton this evening.
Neil Taylor and Ahmed Elmohamady have started at left-back and right-back respectively in both of Villa’s opening Premier League games against Tottenham and Bournemouth.
The Villans signed Matt Targett from Southampton earlier this summer, while Frederic Guilbert also featured heavily for the Midlands club in their pre-season campaign. The Frenchman signed from and was loaned back to French side Caen in January.
After back-to-back losses in the Premier League so far, many Aston Villa fans have called on the club to start the full-back duo and move beyond the pair that featured prominently during the club’s Championship promotion campaign last season.
Twitter: @AVFCOfficial @Elmo_27 Guilbert > Elmo (@aaronsmurphy)
Twitter: @AstonForza That’s Mean We Will Stuck With Elmo And Neil Taylor (@Villaboy93_)
Twitter: Keep seeing people say we can’t drop Taylor or Elmo because they’ve ‘done nothing wrong’. What have they done right… https://t.co/J8wpG5cMyY (@VillaCulture)
Twitter: @PreeceObserver @AVFC_News He played them both all pre season , if he continues with Elmohammady and Taylor then ex… https://t.co/Yhe47sihGn (@egg1920)
Twitter: Don’t have anything against Elmo atall but it’s sad to see Guilbert not playing. Having signed in January he’s had… https://t.co/FPAVUs9e7X (@av_lfd)
Twitter: Have to go Guilbert/Targett https://t.co/re8rjlptDt (@HarryHardiman7
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Aston Villa’s defensive should be easy enough to break through, regardless of the way they decide to line-up. Both Neil Taylor and Ahmed Elmohamady are former Premier League players who are no longer at that level, while Matt Targett failed to impress for a poor Southampton side and Frederic Guilbert is unknown and inexperienced in the Premier League.
Targett and Guilbert both impressed in pre-season for the Villans, so it wouldn’t be a bad thing for Everton if they decide to stick with Taylor and Elmohamady. That being said, the Premier League is a completely different kettle of fish, and Everton’s quick and skilful forwards could look to expose the duo’s lack of experience, should they replace the more experienced pairing for the first time this season.