Aston Villa are one of only two teams who have a 100% win record intact in the Premier League. The summer signings have all gelled up quickly at Villa Park.
The Claret and Blue have an exciting squad for the 2020/21 season. The addition of Ollie Watkins, Emi Martinez, Matty Cash, and Bertrand Traore will provide Villa with something which was nowhere to be found last season.
Last summer, after making a squad overhaul with an astonishing £150 million expenditure on new faces, Aston Villa hardly looked a force in the Premier League. Instability in the goalkeeping position, leaky defense, and a misfiring attacking line led to Villa being one of the weakest sides of the 2019/20 season.
The only thing that kept them up was their form after the lockdown. They made things happen when it mattered the most. While their relegation rivals got sluggish and dropped points in the last five games, Villa on the other hand, quickly became one of the most in-form teams of the league, surprisingly.
Their exceptional turnaround was witnessed in a win against Arsenal at home and an away draw against Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton. The game which they should have won.
‘Don’t make mistakes twice’ was the voice that echoed at Bodymoor Training Ground.
But the sins of the past were not repeated this summer by the board members at Villa Park. Aston Villa acted effectively and efficiently in one of the most difficult transfer windows ever. They changed their philosophy from buying potential players from overseas to signing exciting players who already had experience playing in England.
Ollie Watkins, was snatched from Spurs and Leeds’ nose. Emi Martinez opted to move to Villa instead of Brighton. Matty Cash also had suitors but he ended up at Villa Park. This is a testament to the ambition of a club that want to put things right.
There remains no doubt that the team has a new lease of life this season. But the question on the plate remains, till when?