HYS: Will Dean Smith lead Aston Villa to promotion this season?

Aston Villa entered the international break on a woeful run of just one victory in their last 11 matches across all competitions, which led to significant changes behind the scenes.

Steve Bruce was ousted last week and the club have moved swiftly to capture boyhood Villa fan Dean Smith from Brentford, who arrives on the back of three impressive campaigns with the Bees.

He certainly exceeded what was expected of him during his time with the London side but will find a different level of expectations at Villa Park, where the club is desperate to seal a return to the Premier League.

Languishing in the bottom half of the standings, four points adrift of the play-off spots, Smith needs to find his feet quickly at the club in order to revive Villa’s campaign as any further setbacks will increase the chances of another year in the Championship.

Unfortunately, Villa find themselves off the pace with the likes of Sheffield United, West Brom, Leeds and Middlesbrough all excelling, so it may be too little too late for Villa and Smith to get the team playing how he wants them to play alongside picking up the consistent results they need.

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