Q&A With Aston Villa

  • September 29, 2017 | By Gabe John
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Bolton's inability to compete financially means they are all but certain to return to League One next season.

Those are the views of Aston Villa website The Villa Zone (@thevillazone), who spoke to us ahead of Bolton's Sky Bet Championship game against Villa on Saturday.

In the following Q&A interview, we get the opposition view on why Wanderers just aren't up to the standard of life in the second tier, Villa's hopes of improving on last season by aiming for a Premier League return, as well as why Adam Armstrong still catches the eye despite a mixed start to life at Macron Stadium.

Q: Aston Villa have made a divergent start to the season. Impressive victories against Norwich City, Barnsley and Burton Albion have been flattered by poor results against promotion rivals Cardiff City and Reading. Where do you see Aston Villa finishing in eight months' time?

A: Aston Villa can't afford to drop points to the so called 'promotion contenders' and that's what we did at the start of the season.

To finish in the Play-Offs we need to beat the teams up there and in eight months' time, I expect to see us in those Play-Off positions.

Q: Aston Villa have made some excellent signings - Robert Snodgrass and Glenn Whelan to name two - but more notably, Premier League and Champions League winner, John Terry. What sort of start has he made to life in the Championship?

A: John Terry's start to the Championship wasn't the best.

I think the continuous run of games wasn't good for him, as he is ageing, but in the recent run of games you can understand why he has accomplishments.

Recently, any ball has struggled to get past him and he will be a massive help in Aston Villa's promotion run.

Q: The last meeting between Villa and Bolton at Villa Park was a Premier League clash back in 2012, with Wanderers running out 2-1 winners. Since then both teams have suffered struggling times - what would you say Villa's and Bolton's biggest hindrance has been?

A: Both teams have experienced losing big players so they can pursue bigger things. Bolton lost Zach Clough and Villa, Christian Benteke. Both players sold and were unable to be replaced.

The lack of money invested - Villa 2013-16 - could also be a point due to the inflation in recent years.

Q: One huge difference between the clubs is the financial budget. Villa spent large amounts of money during the transfer window whereas Bolton didn't spend a single penny. Do you think Villa have recruited well enough to push for a promotion place, and have Bolton got enough depth in their squad to survive?

A: Villa have spent lots over the last two years, but this season we have spent around £2million.

This has been a brilliant window due to the fact we've bought players in to strengthen positions and make others want to fight for their places. If Villa keep this run of form going, then why shouldn't we be in the top two?

Unfortunately for Bolton, I do not seeing you staying up. From experience, you need to spend well and wisely.

A prime example is Rotherham United last season. No disrespect, but they were a team who had no chance in the Championship financial wise. It didn't end well for them and I don't see it going well for Bolton - but I hope I get proven wrong.

Q: Looking forward to Saturday - if you had to pick out one player as Villa's biggest threat who would it be and, vice versa, who would you stand out as Bolton's key player.

A: For Bolton there's only one person for me and if given the chance I know he will score. That man is Adam Armstrong. He's an unbelievable young talent and can take a chance if given.

Obviously this loan is benefiting the player, not the club, but if given service then him alone can win you points.

For Villa I could say the obvious - Jonathan Kodjia, Albert Adomah or even young Keinan Davis - but that's too easy.

Conor Hourihane wasn't playing at the start of the season. He's had to come in and earn his place and he's done well to keep it. He's our top scorer with five goals and our midfield is controlled by him.

Q: Finally, how do you see Saturday's game planning out?

A: Villa are on a run of confidence at the moment so it's very hard to go against them, especially being unbeaten in the last seven. I'm going to go for a 2-0 Villa win.

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