Why Aston Villa will be the Premier League's great entertainers this season – one way or another

Aston Villa fans

Not since Martin O’Neill led the club to the brink of Champions League qualification have Aston Villa fans felt so optimistic about the start of a new campaign – and with good reason. A 100% record in pre-season, capped by an emphatic 3-1 victory at RB Leipzig, follows a remarkably slick transfer window for a Villa side that – with boyhood fans as manager and captain – has reconnected with supporters following nearly a decade of stagnation. 

In defence, Tyrone Mings and Bjorn Engels have the makings of an outstanding centre-back partnership, while Tom Heaton is the main reason Burnley survived last season. Further upfield, the signings of Douglas Luiz and Wesley have been described by in-the-know outsiders as major coups. Add to that a central midfield consisting of two potential future Big Six players in Jack Grealish and John McGinn, and there is little doubt that Villa will be one of the Premier League’s most entertaining sides this season.

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