Thinking purely in moments, you might think that Aston Villa have had a pretty decent season.
There's Douglas Luiz's screamers. There was
As it Stands
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.
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 atmosphere was not overwhelmingly positive and w
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
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.
|Sheff Utd (H)||Win|
|Manchester United (H)||Lose|
|Crystal Palace (H)||Win|
|West Ham (A)||Draw|
Total Points Projection: 34
Predicted Finish: 19th
West Ham's improbable escape in 2007 against similarly tough opposition means that stranger things have been done.
Player Contract Status
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
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
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.
Long Term Targets
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