Robbie Savage on where Aston Villa should be competing

Aston Villa are currently in the bottom three, four points adrift of safety.

Former Birmingham City midfielder Robbie Savage has written in the Mirror that Aston Villa should be challenging the likes of Tottenham Hotspur and Everton for a top-six place in the Premier League.

The Villans have made a poor start to the season, claiming just four points from eight matches, and have not won since their opening day 1-0 win at Bournemouth.

It has become a sad state of affairs at Villa Park, and arguably the most disappointing factor for Villa fans is that their current demise doesn’t come as a particular surprise.

Writing in his blog for the Mirror, Savage claimed that Villa don’t belong in a relegation battle and cited their tradition, heritage and fan base as reasons why they should instead be competing for a top-six spot.

“A club of such tradition, heritage and a huge fanbase should not be fighting relegation every year, but where do they belong?” Savage questioned.

“In my opinion, Aston Villa should be competing with the likes of Tottenham and Everton for a top-six finish and place in Europe.

"Villa have been dragged into a relegation battle for the last five years, so the challenge facing them now is nothing new.

“But I cannot believe a fantastic club with Villa’s pedigree belongs in the quicksand at the wrong end of the Premier League. Surely their natural habitat is higher up the table.”

Where does the blame lie?

While manager Tim Sherwood has been on the receiving end of plenty of criticism in recent weeks, Villa’s predicament started long before the former Tottenham Hotspur boss joined the club.

Recruitment over the years hasn’t been good enough, managerial appointments and ensuing sackings have been a mark of poor strategy, and the club’s reputation has taken a hit.

While Sherwood’s decision-making and current tactics are questionable, the club’s transfer business in the summer was one of negligence with a clearly lacking of understanding for systems and selection.

It has reached the stage now where it seems only a minor miracle will save Villa from the drop this season, a far cry from where the club and its supporters intend to be.

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