If there is one club that has been active in the current transfer season, it has been Aston Villa. After being relegated from the Premier League in the 2015/2016 season, three years had to pass until they were able to return to England’s top league. They started last season led by Steve Bruce but after 11 games he was sacked and replaced by Dean Smith.

Smith, a boyhood Aston Villa fan, was able to achieve a formidable turnaround in Villa’s performance, finishing the season in fifth place. They qualified for playoffs where they flew past West Bromwich and Frank Lampard’s Derby County to claim a spot in the 2019/2020 Premier League.

As of this week, Aston Villa have spent over £100 million in acquisitions, and comparisons to what Fulham did last season are starting to arise. In this tactical analysis and scout report, we will go through the tactical challenges and expectations for Aston Villa this season.

The analysis will focus on reviewing their tactical performance last season, the signings they have made so far, how this case is different than Fulham’s and how should we expect the team to tactically confront their return to the Premier League.

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