After promotion from the Championship back into the Premier League last season, Aston Villa signalled their intentions throughout the summer and spent over £100 million on players. They didn’t want to face relegation back to the second tier and they didn’t want to simply survive in the Premier League either, they wanted to thrive in it, and show that they can once again become a top-flight regular in England.
Their first two games ended in defeat but they did show a lot of promise in those and since then things have been a lot better. Two wins, two draws and two defeats from their last six have helped them climb the table and get out of the relegation zone. They should now be looking forwards and seeing where they can climb to, rather than looking behind them to see what is going off in the relegation zone.
If there is one real positive to Villa this season it is their ability to score goals. Often those who are promoted from the Championship have trouble scoring goals but with 13 from their first eight games, Villa are showing no signs of that.
Compare that to Newcastle, an established Premier League club who are currently on the same points as Aston Villa, they have just five goals, and this really highlights how impressive The Villans have been so far. Sure many Villa fans would love to see Tammy Abraham back in a Villa shirt given the Chelsea players outstanding goals and soccer stats so far this season. But let’s be realistic, this won’t happen now he appears Chelsea’s first-choice striker.
In six of their eight games so far, Aston Villa have found the back of the net, something that stacks up well when compared to a few teams in and around them who could well be battling relegation later in the season. Brighton, for example, are one point ahead of Villa right now, but they have failed to score in four of their eight games so far if that continues then eventually it will cause Brighton problems.
With this goal scoring on their side, Aston Villa will always feel like they are in games and even when they are playing away from home they will feel like they can take something. They lack the defensive structure to keep things tight and win games by keeping clean sheets, but scoring is vitally important and something that is great to have on your side.
With their talent in front of goal and the money they spent over the summer, Aston Villa should be aiming for mid-table and that looks to be about right based on what we have seen from them so far. They will need to improve on their defensive play to break into the top half, which may come after a year or two in the top flight but for now, being clear of the relegation zone and not getting dragged into it towards the end of the season is good enough and that is exactly what Aston Villa look like doing this season.
There is plenty to still work on at Villa Park but the first signs from this team look promising and the middle of the Premier League table awaits them.