Brett Holman puzzled by Aston Villa axing

Brett Holman today revealed his frustration at being sidelined at Villa and insisted he has been left in the dark over his axe.

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The midfielder is baffled after falling out of favour with boss Paul Lambert since the turn of the year. His last start came in the 1-0 defeat to Southampton two months ago and the 28-year-old has made just four other substitute appearances in 2013. Holman is currently is Australia preparing for the Socceroos’ World Cup qualifier with Oman on Tuesday and has been left puzzled by his lack of action. “I honestly don’t think I’ve done anything different after Christmas. It’s frustrating and something I have to deal with,” said Holman, who has made 27 appearances this term. “Every player wants to play. When you’re training every day, training hard, it’s disappointing when you’re not playing. “You’d have to ask the coach why. He’s gone for a different way but I can’t give you an answer. But I haven’t really spoken to him a lot. The first half of the season was really good. It’s always a learning situation when you’re in a completely different competition and type of football to what I was used to in Holland. “I can’t say anything bad about it – I was playing just about every game, except for one. After Christmas, it’s hit a bit of a rocky road. But I’ve had my ups and downs throughout my career and this is another down. I’ve been around for a little bit to know you’ve got to keep your head down and you’ll always get your chance.”

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Comments for: "Brett Holman puzzled by Aston Villa axing"


Lambert is the problem, he cannot handle the experienced players, it took N'Zogbia ages to get into the side & now he is showing some good form. Bent has been ruined by Villa, he came with a good goalscoring record & helped keep us up 2 seasons ago. Lambert starts moaning about his lack of movement & suddenly some fans jump on the bandwagon, now Holman is getting the same treatment. At this stage of the season we need our experienced players in the side plus a few of the best youngsters to learn from them, if we survive next season will be no different & any transfer money Lambert has will probably go on inexperienced league 1 & 2 players again.

Get to grips Lerner & give this fool an ultimatum buy experience or your out, this is the worst Villa squad for many a year.


So it has nothing to do with the fact he is just not quite at the standard of the premier league then?? He's very much a bit part player, a poor signing by McLeish, not lambert.

I recall a Villa legend being puzzled on the radio when he was signed, he said he is no more than a grafter and tend to agree,


yes i blame lambert or is he being told to leave these players out by lerner am they on a pay game wage structure and this could be the reason experienced players are being left out ? also wheres dunne what i read he had a silly injury but hasnt put a shirt on for us the season ?


I'd really like to know what the plan is for Villa from up high. I'd like to be able to measure the progress so that I can either be confident that we are on a (long term) course to success, or that we are miserably missing all our targets. Is part of theplan a complete Busby's Babes style rebuild?


Brett Holman only needs to look at his performance to get his answer

Clearly his knowledge of football is limited if he fails to understand his omission

Crippy Cooke

I'm inclined to agree with the general consensus about Holman. He works hard but does little else. He's greatly lacking going forward. Aside from his work rate, I don't know what he offered out wide. He was only playing because we didn't know our best starting XI initially. Now Gabby and Andreas have sealed regular starts for months, Holman will only ever backup from now on.