Three Championship-based ex-Villans who'd improve them next season

Aston Villa

Aston Villa are heading out of the Premier League it seems and their squad is set to undergo significant cosmetic work this summer.

A lack of Premier League nous and players not caring are two of the most popular gripes levelled at Aston Villa this season.

Both are valid points, with only a third of their summer signings boasting previous experience in England's top flight, and several off-field distractions suggesting the thoughts of some are anywhere but Villa Park.

With relegation imminent, the worst thing Villa could do is repeat this season's mistakes next term. Here are three players they could sign, who are not only accustomed to the second-tier but know what what it means to be Villa...

Daniel Johnson (attacking midfielder, Preston North End) - The Jamaican was a Villain as recently as January last year, when he moved to Deepdale for £50,000 having caught the eye on loan to Oldham Athletic. An impressive eight goals followed in 20 League One appearances as the Lilywhites secured automatic promotion, and another seven have arrived this season to leave Simon Grayson's men 10th in the table. At 23, the midfielder is sure to get even better.

Curtis Davies (central defender, Hull City) - He won't be the most popular name on this list, having left Villa for Birmingham City five years ago, but we all make mistakes. Davies switched to Hull in 2013, where he appeared in an FA Cup final, and has helped the Tigers record the Championship's second-best goals-against tally this season. The 31-year-old recently signed a new deal at the KC Stadium, but if Hull don't go up - and if his manager Steve Bruce moves to Villa Park - this idea may not sound quite as far-fetched.

Barry Bannan (midfielder, Sheffield Wednesday) - Wee Bazza wasted little time becoming one of the Owls' star players after arriving at Hillsborough for free in September. Wednesday have been the division's fourth-best team since then, with Bannan, who already has a promotion on his CV, their chief string-puller in midfield. The 26-year-old signed a new three-and-a-half-year deal in January, but Villa retain a place in his heart.

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