Aston Villa

Noel Whelan has claimed that Aston Villa will “get what they deserve” if the Premier League is played to its conclusion this season. 

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Leeds United striker claimed that Dean Smith’s men have not been good enough this term, but do still have enough quality to steer themselves clear of relegation should the campaign resume.

Football Insider has learned that the Premier League are edging towards a decision to return to action in the second or third week of June, with increasing optimism that the season could be completed by mid-August at the latest.

And Whelan has claimed that the resumption could give the Villans a shot at redemption after a disappointing campaign up until this point.

When asked whether finishing the season would be a worry for the club during an interview with Football Insider, he said: “I think the only concern is that Aston Villa haven’t produced in the way that we thought they would this year.

“Dean Smith will be sitting there thinking ‘we’ve spent over £100 million, why are we here?’. Well, you’re there because you’ve not been good enough this season, or you’ve not quite hit the mark that’s needed to survive.

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“It doesn’t mean that they can’t survive. Their squad is healthy enough and strong enough to pull themselves out of it. But when the season restarts they’ve got to hit the ground running.

“You get what you deserve come the end of the season.”

Aston Villa manager Dean Smith

Villa are currently second bottom in the top flight, but are just two points adrift of safety with a game in hand.

Including that extra match, Smith’s men have 10 games left to play, but still have Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester United, Everton, Arsenal, and Wolves left to face.

In other Aston Villa news, Bruce suggests Smith planning to replace Grealish with £30m-valued playmaker.