Villa did well to ensure that their Premier League status was secure before the end of last season and Bacuna feels the main priority looking ahead is to try and avoid a repeat of last year’s struggles by any means.
“We obviously need to stay clear of relegation but I think as a club we have to look up. It’s a big club with a big history and I want to play more games next season and try to be a bigger part of this team,” he said.
Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood will likely already be working on ways to improve his squad over the course of the summer, to give himself better options in the areas where the club really struggled in the last campaign.
Injuries to key defensive players last year exposed a lack of depth across the back four and Sherwood will have a massive challenge on his hands, should Christian Benteke decide that it’s time to move on from the club.
Sherwood is a very positive manager and should be looking to use the feelings of relief at avoiding the drop to the team’s advantage.
He’s promised in the past that Villa will never be in a position again where they are fending off the threat of relegation and he will motivate the club’s squad to try and put distance between themselves and the bottom three quickly when the Premier League actions gets underway all over again in August.