For many associated with Aston Villa, the chances are that the hangovers from Monday’s famous play-off final victory over Derby County will have not yet have been slept, walked or watered off, and yet already it seems essential that the club must move quickly to return to the Premier League.
With their promotion having been confirmed on the 27th May, they are exactly a month behind fellow promoted sides Norwich and Sheffield United in being able to officially begin their preparations for a return to the Premier League, with sides already in the top flight having also long since been able to start putting their own plans in place for next season.
Villa therefore must look to move quickly in the transfer market, if they are to build and gel a side capable of keeping them in the top flight.
One advantage they could at least have, is that a number of their top targets appear to be players that came in on loan to the club this season, and played such a big part in helping them secure promotion, meaning they will already be familiar with the club, their teammates, and the style of play trained by manager Dean Smith, allowing them to be right up to speed with the rest of the side.
For Villa to take advantage of that however, they must first secure the services of those players from their parent clubs, and in the case of one loanee in particular, they can at least look to one of their fellow promoted sides for a source of hope.
Like goalkeeper Dean Henderson at Sheffield United, centre back Axel Tuanzebe has shone during a season long loan at Aston Villa, with both players coming from the same parent club: Manchester United, and both now the target of extended stays at their loan clubs from this season.
Already it appears that the Old Trafford club are edging towards an agreement with Sheffield United to agree a return to Bramall Lane for another season for Henderson, who having yet to gain any experience in either the top flight or with Manchester United, will apparently benefit from a season in the Premier League in a risk free environment for his parent club, which another year with the Blades would offer.
With Tuanzebe in a similar boat to Henderson in terms of top flight experience, United may feel that a similar deal for the defender may be of equal benefit to both the club and player, and Villa would surely be front of the queue to offer Tuanzebe that experience, given what he has done for them this season.
It will be a far from easy task for Villa to secure the services of all of their loanees for another season at least, this is one deal that it seems is within Villa’s reach if the apparent dealings between the Uniteds of Manchester and Sheffield are anything to go by.
If they are to give themselves the best possible chance of establishing themselves in the Premier League once more, than that is something that Villa surely have to look to exploit.