Sky Sports pundit Don Goodman offers his verdict on Aston Villa, names his player to watch this season

General view before the game - Villa Park

Aston Villa will be looking to bounce straight back to the Premier League after being relegated last term.

General view before the game - Villa Park

Sky Sports pundit Don Goodman has told The Mirror that he doesn't think Aston Villa have had the 'major surgery' they needed this summer.

Villa suffered relegation from the Premier League last season after a dismal campaign, and kick off their Championship season with a trip to face Sheffield Wednesday on Sunday afternoon.

New manager Roberto Di Matteo poses after the press conferenceNew Villa manager Roberto Di Matteo

Whilst Newcastle United and Norwich City - the two other teams who were relegated alongside Villa - have been heavily tipped to launch pushes for promotion straight back to the Premier League, there appear to be some contrasting views on Villa's chance.

Some believe that new manager Roberto Di Matteo does have enough at his disposal to push for an immediate return to the top flight, but others are concerned that Villa may struggle at the wrong end of the Championship table after such a miserable season last term.

General view of Paper planes on the pitch thrown by Aston Villa fans in protest - Villa Park

Di Matteo has added to his squad this summer with the likes of Pierluigi Gollini, Tommy Elphick and Aaron Tshibola arriving, but the big signing came on Thursday.

Scottish international striker Ross McCormack, 29, joined Villa from Fulham in a deal worth up to £14m according to Sky Sports, and brings a proven Championship goalscoring record to Villa Park having hit 21 league goals last season.

Leeds' Ross McCormackNew Villa signing Ross McCormack in action for Fulham

However, Sky Sports pundit Don Goodman has told The Mirror that Villa needed major surgery this summer, and doesn't think they've got it, despite bringing in new signings and letting a number of players go.

Goodman highlighted McCormack as Villa's top signing of the summer, and suggested that young winger Andre Green is Villa's player to watch this season, as the 'teenage winger already has plenty of admirers' - but thinks the club's opening four results will give a huge indication of where Villa will finish this season.

"The club needed major surgery and I’m not sure they’ve had it," said Goodman. "The outcome of the first four games – Sheffield Wednesday, Rotherham, Huddersfield and Derby – will tell us where they will be heading this season," he added.

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