Steve Sidwell offers a scathing assessment of Aston Villa, predicts further relegations

The former Villa midfielder was not gentle with his old club.

Aston Villa currently sit at the foot of the Premier League table and look like certainties for relegation to the Championship.

Since their shocking defeat against Liverpool in their last Premier League outing plenty of pundits have been predicting the possibility of Villa not only going down to the Championship, but continuing to tumble down to League One.

Now a former Villa midfielder has joined that chorus.

Steve Sidwell joined Villa from Chelsea in 2008 and spent three years with the club - helping them to sixth position in his first season with the club.

He was talking on Sky Sports News earlier today (24/02/2016) and admitted his worries about Villa if they go down.

Pulling no punches he stated:

"It's been coming. If you have watched them closely, especially the last couple of years, they've hovered around that relegation zone the last two to three seasons.

"This year they have sort of cemented themselves in there. For me they are doomed. The squad that they've assembled is that good enough to come back up next year if they do go down? I don't think it is.

"I can see that (Villa dropping down the leagues). I think the recruitment they got this year in players, as well as the manager, I just don't think it suited the football club.

"For me, they are going to get relegated. With the players they have got there they will be in for a big shock when they get down to the Championship. Can they go down again? It wouldn't surprise me."

Sidwell, who is currently on loan at Brighton and Hove Albion from Stoke City, has made it clear that he feels Villa are in serious peril.

He is not alone - with the likes of Paul Merson and Jamie Carragher making similar comments in recent weeks.

This summer will be crucial for Villa, with a host of players surely exiting and more suitable players coming through the entrance at Villa Park.

Or else this great club risks a spell in the Football League wilderness.

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