Aston Villa today appointed French manager Remi Garde as the successor to Tim Sherwood, but it’s caretaker coach Kevin MacDonald who’s stolen the headlines with a weird selection vs. Tottenham Hotspur.
As if to make a point to the new regime, stand-in MacDonald has seemingly looked to make a point and has relegated all of Villa’s summer signings to the bench.
Jordan Amavi, Jordan Veretout, Jordan Ayew and Rudy Gestede are all on the bench, with Joleon Lescott the only one of the club’s many summer signings to start the match.
Similarly, new addition Micah Richards is out with a suspension, leaving the starting XI with a particularly familiar feel to it.
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MacDonald’s adventurous approach doesn’t appear to be paying off for Villa, who fell behind early on against Spurs.
Tottenham midfielder Mousa Dembele beat defender Ciaran Clark—who misjudged the bounding ball—before firing between the legs of goalkeeper Brad Guzan, making his 150th outing for the Villains.