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This summer, Aston Villa have learned how it feels to lose the highest-stakes game of all. While Fulham, 1-0 winners at Wembley ten weeks ago, have set about gambling £75m on Premier League survival, Villa’s house of cards collapsed as soon as the final whistle blew.
New investment appears to have eased those nagging relegation worries, and the club are even spending money again – Bristol City’s Joe Bryan looks set to join for £6m. John Terry has gone but Jack Grealish, James Chester and manager Steve Bruce are, like the sunburnt doctor from Love Island, unexpectedly still at the Villa.