Speaking to talkSPORT (aired at 08:15), former Tottenham, West Ham and Portsmouth boss Harry Redknapp has admitted that he expects to see Aston Villa in the bottom six of the Premier League table when the season ends next year.
Redknapp said: “Villa are going to be one of those teams in the bottom six for sure.”
Whilst not a far-fetched opinion, it is one which seems to early to call, regardless of how poor Tim Sherwood’s men have started the season.
They have only won a single Premier League game - picking up a victory on the opening day against Bournemouth - and currently sit in the relegation places with four points from eight fixtures.
However, it is only eight games into the season, and the four point gap between Villa and 17th placed West Brom can be easily closed inside just a few weeks.
The Premier League is currently a close fought battle, and it is only six points between Sherwood’s side and Swansea in 11th place.
A few wins will see Villa move up the table quickly, and the fears after their poor start to the season will be forgotten, with a mid-table placing possible.
Villa were always going to be in for a tough season, but Redknapp suggesting they are doomed to finish in the bottom six has come far too early to be considered a real judge of how the Midlands side’s campaign will go.