Since exiting the Premier League for the first time in the competition’s 24 year history, Aston Villa have been largely underwhelming in the Sky Bet Championship.
Despite spending millions of their parachute payments on a wealth of proven Championship talent, the Villains languish in mid table, and another season in the second tier beckons.
Villa have put together an impressive squad at this level over the last couple of transfer windows, and their striking duo of Jonathan Kodjia and Scott Hogan cost a hefty fee.
The addition of midfielders Conor Hourihane and Henri Lansbury in January saw the squad grow, and the turn of the year has also seen an upturn in form for the side from the West Midlands.
Villa fans will undoubtedly look to put this season behind them, and will expect their side to challenge for promotion back to the top flight next time out.
With the players that he has signed thus far, manager Steve Bruce has set a distinct tone for signing top players from Championship rivals, and the aforementioned Hogan, Kodjia, Hourihane and Lansbury were all considered the top performers at their previous respective clubs.
Bruce will look to pluck the best players in the Championship from their sides once more this summer, and here we have identified TWO stars who will surely attract the attention of Bruce this summer.