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2nd Jan, 2017 | 5:45pm

Three Reasons why Aston Villa won’t get promoted this season

COMMENT by Amir Mir

Football Insider analyses the three reasons why Aston Villa will fail in their bid to gain promotion this season.

Difficult to quickly change last season’s troubles

Since Steve Bruce replaced the sacked Roberto Di Matteo, he has transformed the club in more ways than one. First of all, he has taken charge of the dressing room, something which was needed after last season’s humiliation. However, trying to recover from the struggles of last term, picking yourself up and changing a losing mentality to a winning one, does not happen overnight.

Not enough quality

Despite spending £50million in the summer, Villa still lack quality, in particular from the middle of the park. Furthermore, if key players such as Jonathan Kodjia or James Chester get injured then there is not an obvious replacement. Moreover, there are still a number of players from last season that are still at the club, getting starts and playing regularly – but in truth they were not good enough last term, nor are they good enough in the Championship now.

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Competition much tougher

From Newcastle to Leeds, Villa face some serious competition, if they are to get promoted. Still being unbeaten at home is a big plus, but the Midlands side have not inflicted the damage they would have liked on the better teams. Beating the likes of Rotherham, Burton Albion, Blackburn and QPR is simply not good enough in the second-tier. In recent months, Villa have faced and dropped points against the likes of Newcastle, Brighton and Leeds. These are the teams they should be beating if they have any aspirations of earning promotion. Being seven points adrift following the defeat at Cardiff, doesn’t bode well for Bruce at this moment in time.

In other Aston Villa news, this senior player was exposed during the defeat against Cardiff.