July 9. THE Aston Villa lose to Manchester United at home by 3 to 0 and reaches ten rounds without winning in Premier League, with eight defeats and two draws. The result made the Birmingham team close the 34th round in the vice-lantern, four points from the Watford, then first outside the relegation zone.
July 26. Aston Villa ties with West Ham away from home for the last round and is guaranteed in the elite, which would not have happened if Watford had won the Arsenal (lost by 3 to 2).
The 1981-82 European champion experienced a huge drama to follow in the first division on his return after three years of absence. Something that was definitely not expected for a club that spent 155.1 million euros between athlete arrivals and departures in 2019-20, lagging behind only the world Real Madrid (222.5 million euros) – figures are from the Transfermarkt website.
For the current campaign, the team kept the coach Dean Smith and managed to renew the great name of the squad, Jack Grealish, who came to be connected as a possible reinforcement of Manchester United. The 25-year-old midfielder created 91 chances in the last Premier League, trailing only Kevin de Bruyne (136), in addition to scoring eight goals and six assists.
In addition, it returned to invest heavily. Without selling anyone, he spent 82.35 million euros on new athletes, being the fifth who spent the most in the world in the last window between player arrivals and departures. Not to mention the loan from midfielder Ross Barkley from Chelsea, Villa hired four names to start. For the goal, the team was reinforced with Emiliano Martínez (17.4 million euros), who had a great end of season for Arsenal replacing the injured Bernd Leno.
Another reinforcement for the defense was the right-back Matty Cash, from Nottingham Forest, who was the leader in tackling in the last edition of second division (82) and also scored three goals and five assists.
For the attack Bertrand Traoré, ex-Chelsea and Lyon (18.4 million euros) and Ollie Watkins, who was the most expensive signing in the club’s history: 30.8 million euros. The former player of Brentford was the top scorer of the last Championship alongside Aleksandar Mitrovic, with 26 goals.
Keeping the team of last year, including the coach and the prominence, reinforcing with five names of impact and counting on the relief of permanence, Aston Villa went from negative to positive surprise, with the triumphs over the Sheffield United (1 a 0), Fulham (3 to 2) e Liverpool (7 to 2) – the latter occurred on October 4, therefore, just over two months after almost demotion.
Being able to end the round with one point – and one game less – than leader Everton, the Birmingham team will try to follow 100% in the Premier League by visiting the Leicester City at 15:15 (from Brasília) this Sunday, with Fox Sports broadcast.