Aston Villa will be looking forward to getting back to Championship action at the weekend when they host Swansea City at Villa Park on Saturday.
It will be the first time manager Dean Smith will see his players in action and will want to see an improvement from the side following Steve Bruce’s dismissal.
The former Brentford boss will know it will not be easy, as the Villans have won just once in their last 11 games, however, he has already set his players some aims that he believes are ‘realistic’.
Smith has revealed that he believes promotion to the Premier League is still achievable for the club and, despite their lowly league standing, still feels it is an aim that they can reach if they improve on the pitch.
Speaking to the Express and Star, he said: “It’s a challenge because they are sat 15th in the Championship. I know this club, I know the supporters and the demands. We should be higher. That is the challenge. To make sure we improve.
“It is a realistic aim to be promoted this season. It has to be the aim. I have been in this league now for three or four years. This is the most even league since I have been in it.”
Smith’s ambition cannot be faulted, and whilst he is quite right that Aston Villa should be challenging for promotion, things will need to dramatically improve straight away.
The Villans have found it difficult to get three points from their matches for a while now, although they do only sit four points off a Championship playoff spot.
Villa certainly have the players to make a push and turn things around, so the aim of promotion could still be achievable, especially if Smith is backed in the transfer market and makes some excellent additions to help their cause further.
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