Aston Villa’s interlude from the Premier League lasted just three seasons as manager Dean Smith guided The Lions to a playoff victory against Derby County last month. Now that Villa are back in the big time it is vital they stay there seeing as the three-year exodus is the only time in the Premier League era that the club were absent from England’s top-flight. There have been encouraging signs so far at the club with five new signings, including a club-record fee for striker Wesley Moraes. Though, Smith and the hierarchy at Villa Park must keep up this level of spending to prepare their squad for the considerable step-up in quality.
The Championship playoff winners are currently without two of their loan superstars in Tammy Abraham and Tyrone Mings who both played an influential part in their season. Chelsea’s Abraham scored for fun, netting 26 goals in 40 appearances whilst AFC Bournemouth’s Mings played in 18 matches after joining the club on January‘s deadline day. It remains unlikely that new boss Frank Lampard will let the free-scoring Abraham leave Chelsea again this summer, especially whilst under a transfer ban. Though, a return for Mings could happen with many at Villa Park desperate for that to happen. The Times expect him to be available for just £15m which raises question marks to why it hasn’t happened already.
Villa have also been at risk of being priced out of a number of moves including Bristol City’s Adam Webster who they value at £30m and England international Jack Butland also valued at £30m. Both players would add considerable credit to the task at hand of remaining in the Premier League. Webster was one of the best central defenders in the Championship last term, averaging a rating of 7.30. The Robins had the fifth-best defensive record of any side in England’s second tier which Webster no doubt contributed greatly to. Butland would add much-needed Premier League experience having featured 77 times at that level with Stoke City – not to mention his experience as England‘s number one in the past.
These sorts of players would add a wealth of talent to Villa. Talent they require just to make sure they are able to compete fully in the Premier League next season. You’d hate to see all of this season’s hard work go to waste because the club wouldn’t fork out an extra £3m here and £5m there. Paying substantial fees in the transfer market is just the way it is these days with clubs being able to flex their financial power increasingly as time goes by. Villa have a wealth of riches at their feet after winning ‘the richest game in football‘ so go out spend that money and firmly cement your future back in the top-flight.