BBC pundit optimistic about Villa future, names two players they need to keep

Aston Villa are fighting for survival in the Premier League at the moment.

Former Norwich City and Celtic striker Chris Sutton suggested on The Monday Night Club show on BBC Radio 5 live on Monday evening (broadcast from 7pm, March 21) that Aston Villa will be able to bounce back to the Premier League.

Villa are rooted to the foot of the league table at the moment, and it looks almost a certainty that they will get relegated to the Championship at the end of the season.

Many will claim that the Villans will struggle to bounce straight back to the English top flight, but Sutton is positive.

The Englishman believes that if Villa are able to hang onto strikers Rudy Gestede and Jordan Ayew, then they will have a great chance of returning to the Premier League.

“I am not one of these people who think Villa will go down, down,” said Sutton on The Monday Night Club show on BBC Radio 5 live on Monday evening (broadcast from 7pm, March 21). “I think Villa is a great club, and I think that they will have a great opportunity to bounce straight back. I really do.

“I get that some players will want to leave, but if they keep the likes of Gestede, who played in the Championship for Blackburn, I think Ayew is a big player, if they can hang on to him, I think they will have a right chance. I really do.”

Gestede has struggled to make an impact in the Premier League this season, but the 27-year-old is a proven goalscorer in the Championship.

The Benin international striker scored 19 goals and created 43 chances in 39 Championship appearances for Blackburn Rovers last season.

During the 2013-14 campaign, Gestede scored 11 goals and created 23 chances in 18 league matches for Blackburn.

Ayew, who joined Villa from Lorient in the summer of 2015, has scored five goals and created 10 chances in 22 Premier League matches so far this campaign.

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