Aston Villa’s season ended in disappointment when Fulham won 1-0 in the Championship play-off final to achieve Promotion to the Premier League at the expense of Steve Bruce’s men.
The Villans, though, still had some standout performances and performers throughout their Championship campaign – none more so than Robert Snodgrass. The Scotland international spent the season on loan at Villa Park, but the financial state the club currently finds itself in means a purchase from parent club West Ham is unlikely.
Even another loan move for Snodgrass seems difficult, so Aston Villa are going to have to turn their attention elsewhere. Snodgrass’ seven goals and 14 league assists, undoubtedly, will be hard to replace.
Although there’s one player – who won’t command large wages while on loan at the club – that has the potential to replicate or even better Snodgrass’ numbers, and that is the next big thing at Chelsea: Mason Mount.
Mount, who is valued at £3.6m by Transfermarkt, was in incredible form for Vitesse this season. Quite frankly, at the age of 19, Mount’s statistics during his loan spell in the Eredivisie are scary.
He scored 14 goals and made nine assists to help guide Vitesse to a 6th place finish. While technically, the Chelsea youth product is brilliant, physically, he perhaps still has a lot of growing to do. And, in a division as robust as the Championship, Mount may initially struggle during the adaptation stage.
Nevertheless, Mount would be an excellent acquisition to Aston Villa’s squad, and Bruce should do all he can to entice the England youngster to the club if he losses the productivity of Snodgrass for the upcoming Championship campaign.