Lets go back to the 26th of May earlier this year, a day that could’ve sent Aston Villa back to the glory days of the premier league. Instead this day decided what could have possibly been the end of Aston Villa as a whole. In the weeks after that fateful loss to Fulham, Villa were plunged into financial despair. Staff had not been paid, Every player at the club was up for sale, contracts were being signed by fringe players with cut wages and to top it all off the club missed a tax payment following the sacking of Keith Wyness and Steve Round.
Villa looked to be on the brink of extinction until their owner at the time Dr Tony Xia decided to loosen his grip on the club and sell of the majority percentage to American businessman Wes Edens and Egyptian businessman Nassef Sawiris who have billions in their bank accounts and immediately injection major cash flow through the club. This has allowed Steve Bruce to sign 4 players so far, these include John McGinn, Andre Moreira, Axel Tuanzebe and Orjan Nyland. Villa will look to build on a positive season last year and push towards to the top of the table especially after winning their first three games of the season, these include a 3-1 win against Hull after an Alan Hutton master class, a 3-2 win against a Wigan Athletic team which just would not lie down and topped off with a win against Yeovil in the carabao cup game midweek which proved to be a lot harder than it should’ve been.
The worry will be for Steve Bruce and Villa fans is that their team has been bang average yet still picking up the points against three relatively poor sides, when Bruce’s men come up against a harder challenge It will be a real test, many point this towards the loss of key loan players Robert Snodgrass and Lewis Grabban as well as the loss of captain John Terry who proved to be a key player in villa’s side last year. Overall I rate Aston Villa’s summer a solid 7/10 simply because keeping the likes of Jack Grealish and improving the playing squad seemed near impossible after the play off final.