Aston Villa could find themselves in troubled waters with player wage increases

According to The Mirror, Aston Villa face a potential promotion bill of £4m due to significant wage increases for a number of players if the club beat Derby in the play-off final next week.

What’s the word?

Aston Villa weren’t at their best over two legs against West Brom but fortunately for Dean Smith and his side they didn’t have to be.

The Villans prevailed on penalties as Jed Steer was the hero, saving two spot-kicks.

Achieving promotion would obviously be a great success but they’ll come across an unwanted scenario if they do go up.

Per The Mirror, the club will be in danger of losing £4m should they get promoted. This is due to wage increases for certain players.

Two of the main suspects involved are Henri Lansbury and Scott Hogan. Ross McCormack and Gary Gardner are also set for increases.

A costly summer for Villa?

At first glance, this may not seem like too big an issue, especially with the financial gain from achieving promotion.

However, where Villa could struggle is in the transfer market. Should they need to offload players like Lansbury and Hogan then their wages could dictate whether they stay or go.

The Mirror reports that McCormack’s contract will rise to £70,000 a week which seems like a ludicrous amount of money for someone who has barely kicked a ball for the club.

With that figure being paid to a player who clearly doesn’t deserve it, some members of the squad might end up demanding more money themselves.

This is an uncertain eventuality but there is a case to be made for the wage rise to become a concern. Villa’s transfer dealings as a whole may take a huge hit and therefore, the club’s owners could find themselves in deep water.

Wes Edens and Nassef Sawiris helped save the club with their investment last summer and they’ll have to dig even deeper into their pockets to help sustain the club.

The pair of them will need to significantly invest if they get promoted but that could suffer a setback due to increased wages elsewhere.