Doom and gloom clouds Aston Villa and its supporters after missing out on promotion to the Premier League.
Villa’s current financial state and another season in the Championship has seen captain John Terry depart and wonderkid Jack Grealish linked with a move away from Villa Park. According to Sky Sports, Tottenham have made a £15m offer for Grealish, and the financial crisis at the club means the 22-year-old is likely to be sold this summer.
With Terry gone and Grealish’s future up in the air, Steve Bruce could find his squad significantly weaker by the time Aston Villa kick-off their 2018/19 Championship campaign away at Hull City on Monday 6th August.
If the Villans are to have any sort of success this upcoming this season, then they must retain the rest of their key players and none more so than the £7m-rated (via Transfermarkt) Robert Snodgrass. Snodgrass has returned back to his parent club West Ham after a successful loan spell with Villa, and owner Tony Xia must do everything in his power to bring back the Scotland international.
He was the most productive player in Bruce’s squad – alongside Albert Adomah – with 21 goal involvements.
It will not be easy for the Championship side to find a replacement who can produce those sorts of numbers, so it’s imperative that Bruce has Snodgrass at his disposal again if Villa are to have any chance of promotion.
If not, the Midlands club are likely to have a disappointing season having already lost their captain Terry, on top of Grealish’s likely exit.