How Aston Villa could be the masters of their own downfall

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Aston Villa could be in for a tough season as new signing Diego Carlos would be sidelined for most of the season.

Aston Villa endured a roller coaster ride last season and Steven Gerrard will be desperate to rectify the inconsistencies they have suffered throughout the season.

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The former Liverpool midfielder used his first summer transfer window at the club to strengthen ranks and bring in some big names, making Philippe Coutinho’s stay permanent and also bringing in Diego Carlos and Boubacar Kamara.

Villa’s transfer deal quickly got people talking and many predicted they would have a much more comfortable season – and with that comes pressure.

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With a much stronger team now, Gerrard will be expected to lead his team to a battle for Europe and anything less will be counted as disappointment.

The Midlands club suffered a terrible defeat at the hands of Bournemouth on the opening weekend of the season, prompting football fans to already claim the Liverpool native will be the first man out the door this season.

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While Villa responded with a hard-fought 2-1 win over Everton last weekend, the amount of money they’ve poured into improving their squad this summer will continue to draw critics’ attention to what’s happening at Villa Park.

While Kamara arrived on a free transfer, the midfielder will automatically become their second-highest earner at around £150,000, followed by Coutinho (£125,000) – although they are thought to have doubled Carlos’s salary from Sevilla to pay him £100,000 – after are already spending £26million on the 29-year-old.

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There is a lot of weight on the new boys’ shoulders and their eagerness to add such big names to an average squad could come back to bite them as Carlos’ long-term injury is already causing problems.

Aston Villa have confirmed the Brazilian has torn his Achilles tendon and will be on the touchline for six months, with Tyrone Mings likely to replace him in defence, a defender who has already been stripped of his captaincy and is linked with a move was brought.

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Villa’s deal this summer could certainly result in a stellar season and Gerrard is to be commended but all eyes and expectations will be on her – a blip for the Premier League club and supporters and the pressure will really build .

Gerrard must push his team to perform as poor performances become even more apparent when judged alongside the talent they have brought in – particularly when Gary Neville’s dismal win-rate at Valencia, for example, continues to surpass that of the Villa boss.

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