We are 26 games into the season and Aston Villa are staring relegation in the face. They have won only three league games all season and are eight points from safety, with the worst goal difference in the division. All hope looks lost, but they should not only be looking at the threat of relegation this season, but at the possibility of a relegation battle in the Championship next season.
On Sunday, Villa put in a performance that a Championship side would have been ashamed of in their 6-0 defeat to Liverpool. It was a woeful display from the Villains, who produced one of the worst showings in Premier League history as they were constantly carved open by, at best, an average Liverpool side.
Even with the probability that it will only take around 35 or 36 points to stay in the Premier League this season, Villa looked doomed. Of their 12 remaining games, seven of them are against teams currently in the top half of the table, with the other five including matches against Chelsea and Everton. Whoever Villa are playing, if they continue to put in performances as bad as the one on Sunday, they may not win again this season.
Given Villa’s current financial situation status, relegation from the Championship next season is a real possibility. It is a well known fact that Randy Lerner is looking to sell the club, so the chances of him investing in the squad is virtually none, as was seen by the lack of new players in January.
If Villa are to spend money, it will be from the sales of their current squad, but there may be very few of those. The lack of passion that they showed against Liverpool will have done little to persuade other managers that they are worth buying; their performance level will certainly have done nothing to aid their cause.
It seems unlikely that any of the current Villa players will be happy playing in the lower leagues, especially given the arrogance that some have demonstrated this season. This was shown by Joleon Lescott’s ridiculous tweet featuring a photo of a Mercedes-Benz which, even though he claims it was accidental, was probably sending a message to Villa fans.
Wolves most recently suffered the embarrassment of a double relegation from the Premier League, while it took only three seasons for 2013 FA Cup winners Wigan to go from England’s top division to League One. This is certainly a fate that could face Villa in the near future.