If there was ever proof needed that the Championship Play-Off Final is a game that, financially, heavily influences the future of its participants then the game, back in May, certainly provides it.
On that wonderful Saturday afternoon, it was Fulham that emerged victorious, beating Aston Villa 1-0.
For Fulham there is the hugely anticipated Premier League season to enjoy, regaining our Premier League status has rejuvenated the club and, as always, expectation levels are high.
Unfortunately, it is a different story when it comes to Aston Villa.
A failure to climb back into the top-tier of English football has seen the club plunged into a financial crisis.
With the parachute payments cut, following another season out of top-flight football, Aston Villa are having to cut their cloth accordingly.
Financial cut-backs are having to be made as Steve Bruce contemplates a challenge of a different sort.
Perhaps the seriousness of their plight is perfectly illustrated by an admission from Steve Bruce that appears in the news source, the, Mirror, whereby the Aston Villa manager admits that the club is in such a poor financial state that, at the moment, they cannot even afford to bring in players on free transfers.
Sat here in the editorial chair, I can’t but help think the time is ripe for Fulham to take a chance, offer a decent price for Jack Grealish and kill two birds with one stone, bring a decent young player to Craven Cottage whilst also offering Aston Villa a financial life-line.
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