Aston Villa returned to the Premier League following a 2-1 play-off final victory over Derby County.
After a three year absence, Villa fan and manager Dean Smith guided his team back to the top flight of English football. Many people predicted Villa to gain automatic promotion at the start of the season but they struggled to gain any momentum which led to the sacking of Steve Bruce in October. Dean Smith was courted from Brentford and appointed shortly after.
Despite being 13th at the start of March, a run of 10 straight league wins lifted Midlands club into the play-off positions and they had the momentum to beat early favourites West Brom before the victory over Derby confirmed their return to the Premier League. Of all the promoted Championship sides, Aston Villa are probably the best equipped to maintain their Premier League status next season. We take a look at why that may be the case:
It’s no secret Villa have spent a sizeable amount of money throughout their three seasons in the Championship.
It was all the more important they got promoted on Monday or they may have been at risk of the Football League’s financial fair play rules.
However, now Villa are back in the Premier League they will need to spend once more and they have a greater ability to do that than either Norwich or Sheffield United.
Villa have already been linked with a £20 million move for Brentford striker Neal Maupay and the size of the club means they will have no problem attracting players.
Experience of players
Manager Dean Smith is in a small number of people at Aston Villa that have not had experience of the Premier League.
Several of Villa’s current squad have played in the division before which gives them an advantage over several in the ranks at Norwich and Sheffield United. Experience is vital in the Premier League and Villa have it in abundance.
A Premier League club
Out of the three promoted sides, Villa are the most recognisable Premier League Club.
Norwich have been labelled a ‘yo-yo’ side due to their regular promotions and relegations from the Premier League and Sheffield United’s rise to the top has been rapid considering they were in League One three years ago.
Most people expect Villa to have the best chance of survival due to their long Premier League status prior to relegation in 2016 and out of the three promoted clubs, will have the best chance of attracting new players.