Aston Villa look set to be relegated at the end of this season, and Ian Wright has told the Sun Goals Podcast that he doubts they will be able to win an immediate promotion back to the top flight.
Wright said: “I don’t think it is a good thing if Villa end up languishing in and around mid-table of the Championship. The way Southampton fell away and came back, can Villa do that? They are going to need to find players with a major amount of desire to play in the Championship if they go down there. Is that going to happen to Villa? I don’t think they can do that, the straight back bounce, if I’m honest.”
Wright’s view is one shared my many people, with few expecting the club have the ability to win promotion back to the Premier League when they are relegated at the end of this season.
The second division is stronger now than it has ever been, and the likes of Middlesbrough, Derby and Burnley all have teams who could realistically defeat Villa’s current side.
Remi Garde’s team lack vision and a strong mentality, and there are doubts that the French boss would even be in charge next season.
Many of the playing squad would likely ask for transfers, rather than stay and play in the second tier, and whoever is manager would have to rebuild a new team ahead of a competitive season.
Wright has doubts that Villa will be able to compete in the Championship next term, claiming that they will not be able to secure an immediate return to the Premier League.
Villa’s season is surely already over, with relegation a certainty, but it does not appear as if the club are going to have improved fortunes any time soon.