Our Aston Villa fans here in the Transfer Tavern are very excited to see what their side does in the summer transfer window when it opens up for business.
The men from Villa Park really are going to be expected to challenge for promotion in 2017/18 but that is certainly easier said than done in the Championship.
Indeed, the Villans now know exactly how tough it is in the second tier after managing only a mid-table finish last season and so Steve Bruce and the recruitment team need to get their selections for players right.
Bruce and the club, though, look set to face stiff competition for the title from at least one of the sides coming down from the Premier League – Middlesbrough.
That, at least, is to be believed if you listen to Steve Gibson’s words – as quoted by The Birmingham Mail.
The Boro chairman seems determined to get his side back in the top flight at the first time of asking and he suggested as such in saying:
“We want to smash the league (next season), we want to go up as champions.
“We need to bring in the type of players to do what I said. We have a core of players who we feel are more than capable. We need to add to them, more flair, and more pace.
“The only place I want to be is in the Premier League.”
Strong words from Gibson, then, and so Villa had better be ready for the challenge.
Thoughts, Villa fans? Let us know below!