Experience of the Championship is vital in mounting a promotion challenge and Villa do not have a lot of players who know the league inside-out.
New manager Roberto Di Matteo is therefore likely to be looking at some of the best Championship players in a bid to boost his squad for the new season.
Here are five Championship players who would make a positive difference for Villa.
Top of the summer shopping list for most Villa fans is a prolific striker, with the club having failed to replace Christian Benteke following the Belgium international’s move to Liverpool.
Ross McCormack has been one of the top strikers in the Championship for a number of years, which means it would take a large fee to sign him, but the Scotland international may be open to a move after Fulham’s poor campaign last time out.
Although set-piece specialist McCormack struck 21 goals and provided nine assists for his team, Fulham finished in 20th place, just a couple of spots above the relegation zone.
Likely fee: £10 million