Aston Villa have some big decisions to make about eight of their current players, but the stars have a few decisions of their own.
Eight Aston Villa players are now in the final year of their current contract, so who is likely to be handed an extension and who looks set for the exit in less than 12 months?
Gabby Agbonlahor, Fabian Delph, Ron Vlaar, Darren Bent, Alan Hutton, Enda Stevens, Chris Herd and Jack Grealish are all in the final 12 months of their current deals, and with players free to discuss pre-contract agreements from January Paul Lambert will be keen to tie down anyone that he wishes to keep in the next four months.
Of the players above, Agbonlahor, Delph, Vlaar and Grealish are the ones Villa will surely be most desperate to hold on to, but that will be easier said than done.
Vlaar is widely expected to move on this summer and there will be a whole host of clubs hoping to take him on a free transfer following his outstanding showing for the Netherlands at the World Cup and consistently fine performances at Villa Park.
Agbonlahor and Delph have both been integral to Lambert’s side in recent times, and the latter is now an England international to boot, which will only make the prospect of keeping him that much harder; while Grealish is an outstanding young talent who is making all the right headlines in what looks like being his breakout season.
Stevens, Hutton, Herd and Bent may well be moved on with the former England striker in particular in line for yet another club to add to a long list.
The simple fact is, there will be players Villa want to keep, and players they will be able to keep. But if they can maintain their impressive start to the new campaign, there is no reason they cannot secure most of them, possibly with the exception of Vlaar.
Likely to stay: Agbonlahor, Delph, Grealish
Likely to leave: Hutton, Herd, Stevens, Vlaar, Bent