As sports fans look forward to the first matches of the new Premier League season, on August 14, it’s interesting to consider just how well Aston Villa can be expected to do this time around. All things considered, last season’s 11th place finish was fairly satisfying but fans are hoping there is better to come this season in terms of consistency.
When the team steps out at Watford for the first game fans will expect the players to start positively. They will also hope that a good start can propel them on to higher finish than last season. Speaking to a sports journalist, they expect Villa to improve on last season’s performance, with a top six finish not out of the question, especially if Jack Grealish commits his future to the club.
The Grealish Effect
There is no doubt that the future of Jack Grealish could have a big impact on the future of Villa as a club. Currently, rumour has it that the player is set to agree a new £150,000 a week contract with the club. If this is true, fans will be delighted to retain the services of a player who scored seven goals and achieved 12 assists last season and is only going to get better.
Grealish is currently showing just how influential he can be playing on an international stage at the Euros. He has already achieved hero status by helping England to achieve a memorable win over an efficient German side.
It remains to be seen how this particular journey at international level ends, but the new domestic season is just around the corner whatever happens. Given that Villa CEO Christian Purslow has spoken about the club’s ambition to make ground on the teams that finished above them last year, it seems that keeping Grealish around is a priority. If the rumours are true, Villa will only consider any transfer that comes with a £90 million tag attached.
It remains to be seen if this is enough to put clubs off or whether Grealish leaves for pastures new. If the player does decide to sign an improved contract at Villa, he will be part of a squad which has seen the arrival of new faces this summer.
Other signings to strengthen the squad
As part of their ambition to rise up the ranks in the Premier League, Villa have been busy in the transfer market. Ashley Young is back at the club after signing on a free transfer from Inter Milan. His experience will be a valuable addition to the squad.
Most fans are more excited by the ambitious signing of Emiliano Buendia from Norwich for a fee of around £33 million. Argentinian international Buendia was impressive for Norwich last season, and he will definitely add some attacking finesse in midfield.
Overall, there is plenty for Villa fans to be positive about as the new season approaches, especially if Grealish commits his immediate future to the club.