It hasn’t been a great time for Villa recently, has it?
Despite a vital win against Norwich on Boxing Day, we have lost 5 out of our last 6 matches. Our last game, against Watford, saw one of our most abject performances in recent times, causing us to lose 3-0 against a team who had 10 men for over 30 second half minutes and heaping the concerns of relegation on to us further.
But today marks the start of the January transfer window and a chance for Villa to bolster the squad ahead of our relegation fight.
Many media outlets will have this game penned as the Steve Bruce derby – the return of the former, disgruntled manager, coming back to prove a point to the nasty fans and the club who did so wrong by him (I hope the sarcasm came through!)
In actual fact, Steve Bruce should be an irrelevance in this fixture. This game is really about two clubs, who will both be in a relegation battle this season, trying to get an important 3 points.
It’s been a tough start to life back in the Premier League for Villa so far this season. One win and three losses – although one of these would have been a draw, had we not seen one of the worst refereeing decisions in Premier League history – sees Villa currently sitting in 18th place, just inside the relegation zone.
It’s no time for panic though. One win would see us significantly climb up the table and would supply the team with a lot of confidence. And what a time it would be to get it!
It’s already a fortnight since the day that was, and the realities of Premier League preparations are settling in. The recruitment drive has begun in earnest and it’s fair to say it will be a sizable rebuild that’s required to be as Premiership ready as possible.