Five Aston Villa players who would take the Championship by storm

Aston Villa could face at least a year in the second tier but they have the players to excel in that division.

Aston Villa have shown signs of resurgence under manager Remi Garde, but with eight points between them and Premier League safety with time running out it still seems highly likely they will be playing their football in the Championship next season.

If Villa fail to pull off the greatest of escapes in the months ahead, it will be up to Garde (or whoever is in charge next season) to get Villa straight back to the top flight, and if they can keep their squad more or less intact there are plenty of players who could take the second tier by storm.

Adama Traore

Winger Adama Traore arrived at Villa Park last summer with a big reputation having come through the ranks at Barcelona.

So far the 20-year-old has only shown glimpses of what he is capable of but next season, when fully fit and settled in England, he could be one of the Championship’s standout performers.

Carles Gil

Carles Gil has been a bright spark for Villa this season and the wide-man is another who has all the attributes to take the English second tier by storm.

This season the 23-year-old has featured 22 times, scoring two goals and providing two assists to date.

Jordan Veretout

French midfielder Jordan Veretout has been given a starring role under Garde and he has not disappointed.

He may yet help pull Villa clear of safety but if he does not manage that expect him to work wonders next season.

Jordan Amavi

Left-back Jordan Amavi wasted little time showing what he was capable of at Villa before a season-ending injury struck.

He will be back for the new campaign and his pace and attacking nous will be exactly what Villa need as they bid for an immediate return to the Premier League.

Jack Grealish

Jack Grealish may not have kicked on as many expected after he first burst onto the scene, but perhaps a year in the Championship is exactly what he needs.

Grealish can become a Villa great. However he needs to knuckle and down and work hard and relegation could be a timely reality check for the 20-year-old.

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