By Alex Stevens

Sky Sports pundit Don Goodman is not convinced that Aston Villa will be able to mount a promotion charge this season.

The Leeds-born pundit believes that Roberto Di Matteo’s squad needs a bigger overhaul for an instant return to the Premier League.

Goodman has backed the signing of Ross McCormack but Goodman cites the four new arrivals as not enough for a team that crashed out of the top flight with barely a whimper last season.

In a team-by-team Championship preview with the Daily Mirror, the former striker revealed that he finds it hard to see the Midlands giants mounting a challenge.

In his Aston Villa verdict, Goodman said: “The club needed major surgery and I’m not sure they’ve had it. The outcome of the first four games – Sheffield Wednesday, Rotherham, Huddersfield and Derby – will tell us where they will be heading this season.”

There is an air of positivity around Elland Road as the former Swansea manager has already brought in seven new faces to revamp his inherited squad.

New signings Rob Green, Kemar Roofe and Kyle Bartley are all expected to start on Sunday afternoon, as the Whites begin their Championship campaign against QPR.

Goodman, who is renowned for his goalscoring days with Sunderland, West Brom and Wolves during the late eighties and early nineties, named McCormack as the key signing because he “is just what Villa need”.

Youngster Andre Green has established a reputation as an emerging star and Goodman nominated the 17-year-old as the Villa player to watch.

Di Matteo’s team begin their Championship campaign on Sunday when they travel to Sheffield Wednesday.

In other Aston Villa news, this midfielder has signed a four-year deal after finalising the terms of a transfer worth up to £4.5million.