For Aston Villa the upcoming Euro’s are a blessing, it allows them extra time to plan for the eventual exit of captain and star player Jack Grealish. The 25 year old English international has just concluded a career year where he had 16 goal contributions across 26 league games, this elite campaign helped reestablish his boy hood club as a mid table Premier League team. When you take into account his leadership traits and his flair playstyle it’s not hard to see why Grealish is one of the upcoming summer’s hottest targets.
On a personal level this is great for Grealish as he has far surpassed the levels of a mid table team but his imminent move may destabilize his boyhood club all over again. If Aston Villa go all 2013 Spurs with what they receive for Grealish they will be relegated within two seasons. The recent links to Emi Buendia are a good start, Buendia can come in and pick up Grealish’s creative burden as Buendia proved to be a strong creator and ball carrier when he last played in the Premier League.
Aston Villa are actually pretty aggressive spenders, They’ve spent slightly over 260 Million Euros over the last two seasons. If the usual 100 Million Euro’s plus the 60 – 80 Million pounds Grealish will command is used properly Aston Villa can make the leap and push for a Europa League place. If not used well the club will have plenty of long contracts they’ll deeply regret, think Arsenal post 2016 after signing Xhaka, Perez and Mustafi. Aston Villa as a club have worked so hard these past 5 years to return to their position as a standard mid table Premier League club and this upcoming summer will determine whether they maintain their position or spiral down the football league ladder once again.