Aston Villa will be hoping to go one better than last season, with Dean Smith’s side again in the playoff final at Wembley.
Despite struggling throughout the beginning of the season, the appointment of Dean Smith has revitalised Villa’s season and led them again to Wembley.
Smith’s tightening of the Villa defence and the quality of Jack Grealish, Tammy Abraham and John McGinn has fired Villa into the playoffs, and the penalty win over Albion was much deserved.
However, this Summer will be an important one for everyone associated with Aston Villa, even if they miss out on promotion against Derby at Wembley.
The futures of several players are still in doubt, and Villa will have to strengthen several areas with loan players returning to their parent clubs after the playoff final at Wembley.
Here are five questions we believe need answering this Summer by Dean Smith and Aston Villa.
What is Jack Grealish's future?
One of the biggest questions Villa will have to answer this Summer.
Grealish was a top target for Tottenham Hotspur last Summer, and Pochettino may come in again for the Villa skipper.
However, if Villa go up, Grealish could easily stay at Villa Park.
Who's the Villa number one?
Jed Steer has taken over the starting goalkeeper job for Villa this season and his heroics against Albion in the shootout should mean he starts at Wembley.
However, Villa’s goalkeeping problems still exist, despite the signing of Oliver Nyland and Lovre Kalinić.
Do they risk signing another? Or give one of their current goalies another go?
Does Tammy Abraham stay?
Tammy Abraham has been the key man for Villa this season.
His 26 goals have been massive in Villa’s run to the playoff final, and he could have another impact at Wembley itself.
But will Abraham be at Villa next season? If Villa win promotion, some will say that it’s almost certain that he will.
But if they don’t, Wembley could be Abraham’s final game in Villa colours.
Will Villa sign their other loan stars on permanent deals?
As well as Abraham, Villa have several stars only on loan this season that they could buy in a permanent deal.
Tyrone Mings especially comes to mind, with the defender becoming a fan favourite.
Will Villa replace their outgoing veterans?
Alan Hutton and Mile Jedinak are both set to leave Villa this season, both with huge experience in the top two levels of English football.
Will Villa replace their outgoing veterans? Or will they trust in their youth coming through?
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