Well guys this is it. The full review on the 2016/17 Championship season for Aston Villa FC.
Let’s rewind back to when we got relegated and our owner has finally sold the club to Dr Tony Xia and he had high ambitions which suggest that he want to make Villa to win the Champions League in five years.
We appointed Roberto Di Matteo which is a massive name as he won the Champions League with Chelsea and he’s had success as a player as well so at the tine it made sense to bring him in. We made some intresting signings in the summer with Tommy Elphick, Pierluigi Gollini and Aaron Tshbola which was nice signings at the time. We added more players to our squad in time for the first game against Sheffield Wednesday.
We lost the match but we have shown a lot of positives and after that we won 3-0 against Rotherham and it was all going well. Then we had a period when we were winning games and dominating them but we only grab one point rather then 3 points.
We sacked Di Matteo and we appointed Steve Bruce and he made an instant impact when we went 9 or 10 games unbeaten and climbing up the table with players such as Chester, Jedinak, Hutton and of course Kodija who has been brilliant this season with 19 goals i his first season which is incredible. One thing we noticed under Steve Bruce is when we were losing we don’t give up, we keep trying and trying until we get a goal and win the match.
January came around and it was the perfect time for Steve Bruce to bring the kind of players like Hourihane, Lansbury, Hogan and loads more players and we continue to get good results. January was arguably was our worse month on fixtures where we didn’t picked a single win I think in that month. Then as the season progressed we had four clean sheets in a row and also five wins in a row which was incredible. I think we had a decent season with good and bad luck, a lot of money spent and loads of positives.
who was 2 of our worst signings this season and 2 of our best signings this season.
For the 2 worst signings I would have to say Tommy Elphick and Ross McCormack. Why? Just Tommy Elphick started okay in the first few games but then he went out of form and when he got injured Baker came in and formed a partnership with Chester and clearly just flushed him out of the starting 11.
For McCormack he has being doing loads of mischief off the pitch with him not turning up to training and the worst excuse I’ve ever heard from a player if he is missing training, and that is his electric gate couldn’t work and can’t be asked to climb over.
Our first signing of the season is of course Jonathan Kodija who’s has be clinical in front of goal with deadly pace, eye for goal and he is direct as well and no wonder he scored 19 goals this season.
Another brilliant signing is James Chester who has been our best defender this season along with Nathan Baker. Steve Bruce knew him from Hull and It’s so good to see that because the relationship is special and he can work with him again.
With Sunderland, Hull City and Boro relegated from the Premier League and Bolton, Sheffeild United and Millwall joining from League 1, I think next season will be entertaining and hope that Villa will win the league and be back in the Premier League.
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