After colossal drop off, Smith needs wasteful Aston Villa player to pull his socks up

By Dom Toner

As reported by,

Aston Villa fell to a poor 3-0 away defeat against Wigan Athletic on Saturday afternoon and there were a number of poor performers in the visitors team.

The Midlands giants missed the chance to close the gap on the play-offs positions and remain stranded in mid-table.

Dean Smith’s side lacked creativity in the final third and attacker Yannick Bolasie was one of the main culprits for that.

Bolasie has suffered a colossal drop off in the past month and seen his form fall off a cliff.

He’s scored two goals and supplied five assists this season following his arrival on loan from Everton, but hasn’t been directly involved in a goal for five league fixtures.

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The 29-year-old winger failed to create any clear goalscoring opportunities away to Wigan and it’s been a very similar story in recent games.

He’s at his best when he’s dribbling at defenders with his pace, but there is a serious question mark over his end product and when he’s not at the races he offers very little to the team.

Bolasie’s loan spell in the Championship should be a chance for him to get back to his best and Villa need …read more