After many years of flirting with relegation from the top flight, Aston Villa were finally put out of their misery last season. With a new owner in, and a Champions League winning manager, there was actually a feeling of optimism surrounding Villa Park and the new season. Naturally, things didn’t go that smoothly…they rarely do with Aston Villa.
After signing a whole host of new faces, hopes were high for an immediate return to the Premier League, and Villa were among the favourites for promotion. Fast forward 7 months or so, and barring an absolute miracle, we won’t be promoted this season.
Steve Bruce has been brought in, and January saw a number of impressive additions added to the squad. A recent blip has been turned around, and I remain confident in the direction this club is heading.
After three wins on the bounce, Villa headed to Huddersfield in good form, but faced a tough task against the team currently occupying third place in the Championship. It was once again a question of what could have been after we lost by a single, poorly defended goal, and once again didn’t take our chances at the other end. There were positive signs aplenty though, and fans were quick to acknowledge as much.
Following defeat, the Villans will need a pretty incredible sequence of games to make the playoffs. The latest look at next year’s Premier League is promising for Newcastle. It appears to be somewhat less favourable for Villa.
In one regard, it feels like a missed opportunity this season. We’ve spent big, and have signed players who have previously performed well in this division, but sadly, not all have them have performed at the standards required. On the other hand, Aston Villa has been a mess for too long, and it’s important to get some stability for the first time in a long time.
Despite Huddersfield’s win against us, it still looks like Newcastle and Brighton will go up automatically, and it will be very interesting to see how they perform in the Premier League next season if they secure promotion. Both clubs feature ex Aston Villa players, but it looks like that will be one of the few links we have with the Premier League in 2017/18.