The State of Aston Villa: An Overview of the Club's Prospects as Football Takes a Break

Thinking purely in moments, you might think that Aston Villa have had a pretty decent season.

There's Douglas Luiz's screamers. There was Trézéguet scoring a last-minute winner - where have we heard that before? - to send Villa to the Carabao Cup final.

Mahmoud Trezeguet,Jack Grealish,Tyrone Mings,Ezri Konsa

The first win back in Premier League against Everton with Villa Park rocking. Grealish's strike at Old Trafford. Solid, solid moments. 

However, the Villans are suffering this season, not just from VAR decisions, but also from poor recruitment, a lack of quality in the team and surrendering agonising last-minute winners. 

The view from Villa Park right now is concerning, but with ten games to go, not totally unsalvagable. 

Here's 90min's review of what's come before and a preview of what's to come in the future (hopefully).

As it Stands

Dean Smith

​Dean Smith's isn't really on the hot seat right now, more a blisteringly hot ejector seat. Some cynics believe that the hometown boy would have already been cast aside if it hadn't been for the four-year deal that Smith penned back in November. 

Before the ​Premier League called off matches, ​it was reported that Smith needed a positive result against ​Chelsea to keep hold of his job. 

Points wise, ​Villa are one win away from pulling themselves out of the relegation zone. However, the atmosphere before this mid-season sojourn was not a positive one. 

The Villans had just lost four on the bounce, ​the Foxes had just beaten them down on Monday Night Football and ​Danny Drinkwater had headbutted one of his own teammates.

The atmosphere was not overwhelmingly positive and while they'd make it to the final of Carabao Cup, it'd been a disappointing affair. Claudio Bravo, of all people, rolled back the years to ensure the Citizens' sealed their third triumph in a row.

Injury Status & Potential Returns


Unfortunately for Villa fans, there will be no returning heroes. Record signing Wesley and keeper Tom Heaton went down with knee ligament damage in the same match and are not expected back until next season. 

Even if the season is extended into the summer months, both players will not be able to contribute, so expect plenty of playing time for Mbwana Samatta.

Remaining Fixtures & Season Projections

Mbwana Samatta

Ten games to save their season is plenty of opportunities in which to do so. Unfortunately for Villa, only one of their matches will be against teams that are in and around them. 

Fixture Prediction
​Sheff Utd (H) ​Win
​Chelsea (H) Lose​
​Newcastle (A) ​Draw
​Wolves (H) ​Draw
​Liverpool (A) ​Lose
​Manchester United (H) Lose​
Crystal Palace (H)​ ​Win
​Everton (A) ​Lose
​Arsenal (H) ​Lose
​West Ham (A) ​Draw

Total Points Projection: 34

Predicted Finish: 19th

The Premier League gods have been particularly cruel to Aston Villa as ​West Ham​Watford and ​Brighton have an easier run of fixtures on paper. 

West Ham's improbable escape in 2007 against similarly tough opposition means that stranger things have been done. Can Jack Grealish be their Carlos Tevez?

Player Contract Status​

Danny Drinkwater,Son Heung-min

Villa fans can ​rest easy as their expiring contracts are less of a 'who's who' and more of a 'who's that?'

​Club legend Danny Drinkwater will bid farewell to Birmingham when his six-month loan finishes this summer, as well as Pepa Reina, Borja Baston, Keinan Davis and Matija Sarkic. 

Summer Transfer Targets

Jack Grealish

​The transfer saga that is likely to rumble on all summer will be Jack Grealish's ​prospective move to Old Trafford. Grealish has been one of the players of the season and the move is more likely to be more a matter of 'when' rather than 'if'.

Villa can expect a handsome sum for their club captain, and there have been reports of interest in Werder Bremen's Milot Rashica as a replacement, but a lot will depend on their Premier League survival.

If the club does indeed get relegated to the Championship, much like last summer, there would likely be a fair amount of dealings to keep the club in line with the league's stringent Financial Fair Play regulations. 

Aston Villa spent a whopping £127m on new recruits in the summer, with a further three arriving in January so if their Premier League status is retained, it should be a quieter summer of dealings. 

Long Term Targets

Tyrone Mings

​Aston Villa's long term targets can be accurately summed up in three words:

Survival. Survival. Survival. 

Premier League survival is the ultimate financial incentive. Owners of the club will be desperate to keep hold of that status to continue feasting from such a lucrative pot.

For the fans, it's the pinnacle of English football. Staying at the top is the priority - for now, and for the future.

Source : 90min