Though Dean Smith and all at Villa Park will have their thoughts firmly on their club gaining promotion to the Premier League on the back of a play-off final win over Derby County at the weekend, there will be some in the Villa finance office that will be calculating the bonuses that players will be due should the club go up.
For the playing squad, the bonus seems fair enough, but there are a number of players not wanted by Smith who are in-line for big money bonuses if Villa are successful, as reported in The Mirror.
For one player, Ross McCormack, who has not featured for Villa this season and had his loan move to Motherwell cut short by injury, will see his wages rocket to £70,000 a week if Villa go up.
So how big concern is it for Villa that outcast players such as McCormack are in for such big pay-hikes?
“Not really, their income will rise too.
“It’ll be linked so in terms of actual expense, it’s not going to hurt them hugely.
“He’s a waste of money now, he will be in the Premier League.
“It means he’s likely to stay sat around picking up the money though.”
“It’s concerning in terms of moving the player on in the summer.
“People are already put off by his wages and this will only do that further.
“Villa need him off the books permanently in the summer and seeing his wages rise again has to be a concern.
“It really is remarkable how bad this signing has turned out to be.”
“I think this is a frustration more than a concern.
“It simply hasn’t worked out for McCormack at Villa Park and it is hard to see them shipping him off elsewhere given his recent record out on loan.
“While they won’t like paying that extra price however, there is no way they would rather stay in the Championship simply so they can continue to pay him what they currently do.”
“It’s a bit concerning.
“But at the same time if Villa are promoted I seriously doubt that anyone will care what McCormack is getting paid.
“It will not be long until they are able to release him anyway so I don’t see it being a problem.”