Alex Ferguson reckons Villa are “the only team he can realistically see challenging for a place in the top four”. That’s quite a compliment, especially considering his past history with the club and our players.
It will be interesting to see how our relatively small squad actually copes with so many fixtures this season. The new signings are beginning to get regular places in the starting line-up, but we still have a wealth of talent on the bench as well as the likes of Delfouneso looking to break through whenever they get the chance.
We have the ability to play attractive, attacking football, but if we are genuinely going to challenge for those Champions League places we need to get results against the ‘big four’ and really make Villa Park a difficult place to come.
After years of nothing to shout about, I’m looking forward to us getting back to where we belong. Whether that will happen this season or not, remains to be seen.