It has been a tough summer for Aston Villa. The club failed to win promotion to the Premier League after a play-off final defeat to Fulham. That defeat at Wembley soon became even more significant, as Villa’s financial issues came to the fore.
Two summers of overspending without the reward of promotion means the club are in serious financial peril. Aston Villa are now set to offload some of their prized possessions, such as Jack Grealish, James Chester and Jonathan Kodjia.
For some players, the lack of funds at Aston Villa will present them with a chance. One such player is James Bree.
The former Barnsley man has been telling the Express and Star this week all about his hopes for the season, suggesting Villa are still looking at a promotion push.
It might also be a season where Bree features more regularly. He played just 10 times last season but with Villa now unable to bring in big name new signings, Bree might get a chance at right-back.
Everyone wants to get promotion every year, no matter what’s going on.
“I think that’s what we’ve got to push for. We’ve just got to go and see what happens this season.”
Signed for a fee in the region of £3 million the former Barnsley man must grab this opportunity. There is still competition at right-back. Alan Hutton signed a new deal, Ahmed Elmohamady can play the role and Ritchie De Laet has returned from a loan spell.
Bree will need to prove he is a player Aston Villa can count on in their season of need. If he cannot make the breakthrough in the current circumstances, then he may never do so at Villa Park.