Another game. Another defeat. And another poor performance from Aston Villa.

Dean Smith’s side suffered a deserved 1-0 loss to Brentford on Wednesday night which further dented their chances of making the play-off places.

Despite other results going for them, Villa are still seven points outside of the top six, with a number of teams above them having a game in hand.

If truth be told, Smith should start planning for next season, building a platform and bringing through players that can help him mount a promotion challenge for the next campaign.

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At this moment in time, the Midlands outfit are just chasing shadows, stumbling, scoring goals for fun and conceding goals for fun.

As a result, they are not moving forward and if they are not careful it will affect them for the following campaign because they will now need a near miracle to reach a playoff spot.

It is time for Smith to properly analyse his squad and work out who can be a part of his team for next season.

There are certain players that have no future at the club, others that are simply not proving there worth and some that need time to build.

The likes of Ahmed Elmohamady, Alan Hutton, Glenn Whelan, Neil Taylor, Mile Jedinak, Birkir Bjarnason, Albert Adomah and Tommy Elphick might not be here for the 2019/20 season.

Added with that, youngsters such as Andre Green, Keinan Davis and Jacob Ramsey, to name a few, need to taste first-team football in order to build themselves.

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