Bruce’s reliance on aging high-earners means Villa will struggle to go up next season

Aston Villa centre-half John Terry has played his last game for the club after they missed out on promotion in the Championship play-off final against Fulham, as per the Sun. 

What’s the story, then?

The Sun report that the financial reality of another season in the Championship means that high-earner Terry, who measures up at 6ft 2in, will leave Villa Park this summer.

The report also claims that Terry will not be the only high earner to depart the club in the transfer window as owner Tony Xia is losing millions of pounds per year as the club toils in the Championship and the parachute payments dwindle.

It also says that cuts are coming for Villa as they again seek to balance the books again; building a squad good enough to get promotion but not breaking the bank.

Villa’s wage budget is far too high

Any criticism of Bruce should be prefaced by saying that he has shown astounding resilience, toughness and spirit to guide Villa through the season, let alone so successfully given the death of both his parents earlier this year.

Such genuinely tragic events put transfer policies and wage budgets into sharp perspective. But, in pure football terms, Bruce gambled on low transfer fees and high wages and ultimately came up just short.

That means that Xia has to bear a huge financial burden. An exodus would almost leave Bruce starting from scratch again and if the situations of resource-drainers Micah Richards and Ross McCormack are not sorted out this summer, it will be very tough for Villa to get promoted.

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