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Could these 3 players leave Villa Park this summer if the club fails to get promoted to the Premier League?

Its safe to say that Aston Villa are one of the biggest clubs in the Championship, if not the biggest, and are deep in a promotion battle. Under Steve Bruce’s guidance, the club currently sits in the playoffs just 7 points adrift of Cardiff City in second place, with many tipping the Midlands outfit for promotion before a ball was kicked.

Despite having won 20 of their 38 Championship matches, the club has had a slight wobble with back to back defeats at the hands of Queens Park Rangers and Bolton Wanderers respectively, meaning they may have to settle for a playoff spot rather than going up automatically.

With this in mind, we take a look at 3 players that could depart Villa Park if they aren’t promoted to the Premier League this summer.

Albert Adomah – The top scorer this season with 15 goals, Adomah, could definitely spark interest from Premier League clubs if Aston Villa fail to get promoted this season. The pacey winger has been nothing short of superb for the ‘Villans’ this season and would be a player that would be missed for sure around the club but if the Premier League came knocking would it be too big an opportunity to turn away?…

John Terry – One of the best signings Villa made last summer was skipper John Terry. A player who has played at the highest level was brought in to apply his wealth of experience at the heart of the Villa defence and that’s exactly what he has done, with Villa having only conceded 37 goals in the Championship this season. Plenty of speculation regarding his future has already been floated about in the media, but failure to get promotion back to the top flight of English football could see Terry depart Villa Park for pastures new.

Gabby Agbonlahor – The clubs all-time leading goal scorer in the Premier League Gabby Agbonlahor has struggled for game time this season, with injury keeping him out for a while but since then he has only managed to feature in 6 games for the club. It would be with a heavy heart for both parties to part company this summer but with other players getting more regular game time than Agbonlahor himself it remains to be seen if he will be offered a new deal to stay with the club in the summer.

Aston Villa fans do you agree that all three players could leave your club this summer? Do you see any other high profile names leaving if you fail to get promoted? Let us know in the comments section…

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Can Steve Bruce take Aston Villa back up to the Premier League?

When they were relegated to the Championship in the 15/16 season, it was expected that Aston Villa would be promoted straight back up the following season, despite finishing rock bottom of the Premier League. However this was not to be and they ended up finishing 13th.

This season, Aston Villa put their faith in ex Hull City manager, Steve Bruce. Bruce went on to lead Hull City to two Premier League promotions and an FA Cup Final in 2014. So who is to say he cannot do the same for Aston Villa?

Fans are eager to win the Championship at the bare minimum, and with their high expectations, they got Villa Park bouncing as usual for their first game of 16/17.

Aston Villa’s season started off with a draw at home to Bruce’s former club Hull City which was not a bad start. However, fans were left highly disappointed after their next two games left Aston Villa second from bottom of the table after two straight defeats. Things were not looking promising for Bruce’s future at Aston Villa with his future hanging in the balance.

The turning point seemed to be at the end of August when Villa got their first win in beating Norwich 4-2. Their run then went on to 3 draws and more impressively, 4 consecutive wins. From second bottom of the table in August, Aston Villa have battled their way up the table and ahead of the International break now sit in 7th, only one point off the play-offs and 4 points behind 1st place Leeds United.

Their next game is away to local rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers, who are currently in 2nd place in the table. A win for the Claret’s could take them onto level points with Wolves.

The real question is, can Aston Villa keep up their winning streak? Their next 5 games (excluding the trip to Wolverhampton) include Fulham, the Birmingham derby against 22nd place rivals Birmingham City, 6th place Preston and an in-form Sheffield Wednesday.

As long as Aston Villa continue to pick up points and not get complacent like last year, whether it be by winning the championship outright or going up via the playoffs, promotion is definitely on the cards for the Claret and Blues.