Monday, December 6

Aston Villa Reflects on Paulo Fonseca’s Play as Pressure Mounts on Dean Smith

Aston Villa Reflects on Paulo Fonseca's Play as Pressure Mounts on Dean Smith

Dean Smith on the ropes

For all the positivity surrounding Aston Villa and its spread of the Jack Grealish charge replacement plan, it has been a poor start to the season for the Villians.

Starting the campaign with the additions of Danny Ings, Emi Buendia and Leon Bailey. Aston Villa had its eyes on European football. However, in their current form, they are closer to the Championship than Champions League games for 2022-23, having won just three of their first ten games so far.

This leaves the club in 15th place, with only goal difference keeping Dean Smith and co. from 17, demonstrating the struggles that post-greal life is offering to Midlands attire.

Fonseca a surprising alternative

Now, according to reports in England, Paulo Fonseca is the man the Aston Villa hierarchy would seek to bring in if they were forced to part ways with Smith amid poor results.

Fonseca has been linked to both Tottenham and Newcastle United since leaving Roma in May 2021, but both sides have finally overlooked him for other options (twice, in the case of Spurs).

Now, according to Craig Hope of the Daily Mail, it is Villa’s turn to make “informal contact” with the Portuguese boss. Fonseca is famous for high press and fluid attacking football, which could put the midlands club on track forwards, with all the talent on display.

However, he is also notoriously porous on defense, which means Villa can find himself involved in high-scoring shootouts rather than confident shutouts. Would he be the best replacement for Smith?

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Chelsea Football Club 10 23 25
2 Liverpool FC 10 twenty-one 22
3 Manchester city 10 14 twenty
4 West Ham United 10 9 twenty
5 United manchester 10 4 17
6 Arsenal FC 10 -1 17
7 Brighton and Hove Albion 10 0 sixteen
8 Tottenham Hotspur 10 -7 fifteen
9 Everton FC 9 1 14
10 Leicester City 10 -2 14
eleven Wolverhampton Wanderers 9 0 13
12 Brentford fc 10 0 12
13 crystal Palace 10 -1 12
14 Southampton FC 10 -3 eleven
fifteen Aston Villa 10 -5 10
sixteen Watford FC 10 -6 10
17 Leeds United 10 -7 10
18 FC Burnley 10 -6 7
19 Newcastle united 10 -12 4
twenty Norwich city 10 -22 2
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 10
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 7
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 6
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 6
Fernandes, Bruno United manchester 4
James, Reece Chelsea Football Club 4
Ronaldo, Cristiano United manchester 4
Aubameyang, Pierre-Emerick Arsenal FC 4
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 4
Firmino, Roberto Liverpool FC 4
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 4
Wilson, Callum Newcastle united 4
Maupay, Neal Brighton and Hove Albion 4
Cornet, Maxwel FC Burnley 4
Hwang, Hee-chan Wolverhampton Wanderers 4
Raphinha Leeds United 4
Sarr, Ismael Watford FC 4
Greenwood, Mason United manchester 4
Benrahma said West Ham United 3
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 3

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