Villa are sitting uncomfortably at the bottom of the Premier League table, and Stan Collymore has admitted to talkSPORT that he is not worried about relegation this season, but about Villa’s suitability for the Championship next term.
He said: “We look as if we’ve got a nice group of young men that are rookies. In all honesty, it’s not this season that I worry about getting relegated to the Championship as that looks nailed on, it’s playing Saturday-Tuesday-Saturday-Wednesday for God knows how many weeks, and getting ground down by Championship teams with gnarly centre-halves and gnarly midfielders. It’s not this season I worry about, it’s next season.”
The Midlands side are all-but relegated to the second tier, according to Collymore, and he has stopped worrying about that, to instead focus upon their chances next season.
And it is next season which has the former striker worrying, as this Villa team do not look cut out for the gruelling football season that comprises the Championship.
Collymore has doubts about the make up of the players in the squad, questioning whether they will be able to deal with the ‘gnarly’ defenders and midfielders which the scrappy teams in the division possess.
Villa have shown no fight in the Premier League this season, and this competitiveness they lack is even more vital in the second division.
If Villa get relegated, their main aim will be to get back to the top flight as soon as possible - preferably straight away. However, that does not look like an achievable aim, and it is more likely that the Midlands team will be swallowed up in mid table obscurity and spend a large portion of the coming years struggling around in the rigours of the Championship.