After spending three seasons in the Championship, Aston Villa have finally reached the Premier League again. It looks like they plan to stay in the Top Flight for quite some time. They were very ambitious in this transfer window and brought 12 new players for life back in the Premier League.
Bookmakers have rated them ahead of Sheffield United, Newcastle and Norwich to stay up in the Premier League. According to Bet365, Aston Villa are 2/5 to stay up while SkyBet has given them 4/11 on the same outcome. They are a 5/1 shot to finish in the Top 10 (according to William Hill) and 4/1 (according to SkyBet).
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Graham Taylor first discovered the amazing talent of Dwight Yorke when he was on a tour of the West Indies in 1989. Yorke impressed Taylor while playing in a friendly match against Aston Villa. He was offered a trial and subsequently a permanent contract at Villa.
In the beginning, Dwight Yorke struggled to adjust himself into the new life in England, but soon he established himself as one of the top strikers in the Premier League. He remained nine years at Aston Villa, featuring for the club on 284 occasions and scoring 97 times.
Andy Gray was one of the greatest strikers of Aston Villa. He was a lethal goal-scorer whose short period at Villa was highly successful.
Villa signed him from Dundee United in 1975 for a £110,000 fee. In just his home debut, the Scottish forward showed his brilliance by scoring a goal against Tottenham. That season he achieved double figures before doing even better in the next campaign.
Andy Gray netted an incredible 29 goals in his second season as Aston Villa won the League Cup and finished 4th in the table. His achievements that season earned him the PFA Young Player of the Year and PFA Footballer of the Year awards. Compared with his second spell, his first spell was hugely successful with Villa. He now works as a pundit for beIN Sports.
Peter McParland is regarded as one of the greatest players to represent both Aston Villa and Northern Ireland. His popularity soared after his great contribution in Villa’s 1957 FA Cup victory over Manchester United.
The Red Devils were hot favourites to win and Villa hadn’t claimed a silverware in the previous 37 years. However, that changed when Peter McParland scored two second-half goals to get one of the biggest victories for his team.
He spent ten highly successful years for Aston Villa and struck 121 times in 341 appearances. He was discovered by George Martin while the Irish were playing for Dundalk in the League of Ireland. For the national team, he made 34 appearances and scored 10 goals.