Dean Smith’s side were aiming to build on their promotion-winning season from the Championship that saw the club return to the top-flight after a three-year absence, yet one win in six games in addition to throwing away leads against Spurs and Arsenal has left the club in the Premier League relegation zone.
After being backed so heavily in the summer, expectations were high as to what Smith and his newly-shaped squad could deliver in the 2019/20 campaign. But the results are simply falling short of what should be expected of the West Midlands side and there can be no doubts that they are considerably underachieving by even their own standards in the current campaign.
Club-record signing Wesley has found his feet, with two league goals so far, but the club seem to be lacking a cutting-edge from the wings where the likes of Trezeguet and Anwar El Ghazi – after featuring on loan for the club – were expected to provide attacking impetus.
Despite his strong links to the club as a boyhood fan, Smith will be all too aware that pressure will be mounting on him and his coaching staff to start delivering results in B6. After such a heavy spend on their return to the top-flight, relegation would be extremely damaging to the club in attempting to establish a revival in the Premier League.
Villa were touted by many as a potential surprise package for the current campaign, but presently the former European champions are failing to live up to the lofty expectations that were associated with their return to the Premier League.
Smith’s side are definitely underachieving in the top-flight, and only time will tell if owners Wes Edens and Nassef Sawiris have the patience to provide their manager with the chance to turn it around in 2019/20.