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Villa will be under pressure from the moment next season kicks off. Make no mistake; this is a massive club and one that really should be playing Premier League football.
As a former Birmingham City manager in particular, Steve Bruce won’t be given a lot of time (at least not by the fans) to get it right and so a good start is essential. Bruce believes that Villa, rather than Newcastle for example, were the ‘big scalp’ for Championship sides last season and you could argue that he is in somewhat of a dreamland.
His club though do remain capable of attracting some good players and here we look at three from this division who could seriously improve Villa’s chances of going up:
Only Danny Batth, and by the tiniest of margins, managed more clearances per game than Roberts last season and the centre-back has developed into a tip-top player in this division.
Time will tell, but I would say he would be even better with slightly less pressure on him and so the fact that Villa will be a short price to finish above Barnsley next season would mean we would see an even better defender emerge in Roberts if he were to move to Villa Park.