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Sky Sports pundit says Aston Villa will struggle in Championship

Sky Sports pundit Tony Gale says that Aston Villa are unlikely to earn an immediate return to the Premier League should they suffer relegation.


Tony Gale has told Sky Sports News, broadcast on February 25 at 10.30am, that Aston Villa need to overhaul their squad this summer.


There are 12 games remaining in the Premier League campaign, but Villa's chances of survival have already been written off with the club sitting eight points away from safety.


The West Midlands giants failed to add to their squad during the January transfer window, something that was in stark contrast to former manager Tim Sherwood's actions in the summer as he added 12 new players to the first-team ranks.


Gale has described their last two efforts at attempting to acquire new talent as "useless" and he has suggested that current boss Remi Garde needs to make vast alterations to his team regardless of whether they somehow remain in the top flight or suffer demotion to the second tier.


Gale said: "I said six weeks ago that I thought Villa would go down and nothing has changed my opinion. I also said at the time that I would worry should they go in the Championship.

"Are those players good enough to compete at the top of the Championship? They're not. They are probably a lower Championship side with the players that they have got rather than up the top.

"I don't think they have any chance of staying up. They cut their cloth accordingly, the hierarchy realised that they had no chance of staying up and they are preparing for next season.

"You worry about them because they have been useless in the last two windows and they need to get it right in the Championship."

Based on the last six games in the Premier League, Villa are ranked in ninth position in the form table, but their 6-0 defeat at home to Liverpool has effectively seen their confidence drop back to rock bottom.

Villa make the short trip to the Britannia Stadium to face Stoke City on Saturday afternoon.

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