Ahmed Elmohamady insists Aston Villa will be back

Elena Summers
May 28, 2018

"You have to get together and go again next season", their left-back Ahmed Elmohamady said.

"One important improvement is now finished, and now we must show ambition to be a Premier League team".

In the opening stages this weekend, Fulham starlet Ryan Sessegnon played a delightful through ball for Tom Cairney, who was perfectly placed to receive it to slot past an onrushing Sam Johnstone on 23 minutes.

"The Premier League is the best and most competitive league, and we must be clever". His lunge on Cairney just outside Fulham's own area was late and ugly and could have been a red card but was only yellow.

It defeated Derby County in the playoff semifinal on a 2-1 aggregate and features the likes of USA defender Tim Ream and rising teenage English fullback Ryan Sessegnon.

Many pundits felt Slavisa Jokanovic's side played the best football in the second tier.

After representing his country at u21s level, Targett could even push himself into the reckoning for the senior team with regular Premier League game-time.

Fulham's Tim Ream (right) challenges Aston Villa's Jack Grealish (centre).

While Brighton & Hove Albion, Huddersfield Town and Newcastle United did so by strengthening their squads in the transfer market, they still preserved a core group of players who had served them so well the previous season.

Cairney, 27, had attracted interest from West Ham in January, while the likes of 18-year-old Ryan Sessegnon and attacking full-back Ryan Fredericks have also been linked with moves away from Craven Cottage.

They succeeded, and will play in the Premier League for the first time since relegation in 2014 ended 13 straight seasons in the world's wealthiest and most-watched division.

"We will see what happens".

Any decision will be made when he returns from a much-needed summer break.

Having seen his team take the lead just five minutes before it was a insane thing to do and serious questions have to be asked of the assistant referee for not deeming it a red card offence.

Despite the numerical advantage, Bruce's charges struggled to carve out chances as the second half drew to a close.

And so, when the final whistle blew, it was Jokanovic who celebrated, not Bruce.

"We must try to dominate against teams we think we can but we must be realistic in the future", Jokanovic said.

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