Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer has told BBC Sport that he thinks that Aston Villa will get relegated from the Premier League at the end of the season.
The former Newcastle striker made the prediction following the Villans’ 2-0 defeat to Arsenal at Villa Park in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon.
Shearer has also suggested that Villa manager Remi Garde should start planning about the Championship, and has claimed that the Premier League outfit could struggle to sign players in the January transfer window.
“By the time the January transfer window opens, they might be as good as relegated,” the former England international has told BBC Sport. “Rather than looking to bring in players then to try to keep them up, their manager Remi Garde might have to start planning for the Championship instead.”
“Garde said this week that he wants to bring in some experience in January, and clearly he will be trying to sign better players too,” added Shearer.
“But his problem, if Villa are still so far adrift, will be who can he get? For starters, I can't imagine many players wanting to go there with relegation looking almost certain.
“He also needs to consider whether to buy players for the present situation or look ahead and buy players for the Championship to try to get Villa up next season.”
Villa fans might think that Shearer is being too harsh on their team, but the Newcastle legend does have a point.
The Villans have picked up just six points from 16 matches in the Premier League so far this season.
Garde’s side are as many as eight points behind 17th-place Swansea City, and it is hard to see them closing the gap anytime soon.
Perhaps instead of signing average players in the January transfer window, Garde should try to get the best out of the players who are underperforming at the moment.