After finishing just above the relegation zone the campaign prior, Villa went on to finish in 11th.
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They were impressive in defence particularly, conceding 46 goals in 38 games, which was one of the best records in the league (per WhoScored).
On Shakespeare, Palmer told TIF: “I know Craig Shakespeare. He’s a very good friend of mine.
“Look at where he’s been. Everywhere he’s been as number two, look at the impact he’s had. He went with Sam Allardyce to Everton, finished 8th after being at the bottom of the league, went to Leicester City, they got promoted and won the league, went to Watford with Nigel Pearson, really, really difficult position.
“I believe if Nigel Pearson and Craig Shakespeare stay at the club until the end of the season, Watford stay in the Premier League. 100%, I believe that. And now he’s gone to Aston Villa and look at how Aston Villa are doing.”
With Smith and Shakespeare at the helm, Villa really do look to be on the up, especially after the transfer window they have just had.
While they did lose Jack Grealish to Manchester City, the Villans were able to sign the likes of Danny Ings and Leon Bailey, who have made an immediate impact in their new surroundings.