Former Aston Villa defender Curtis Davies has backed the club to ‘push right up until the end’ to finish in the European places at the end of the season.
Villa have had an impressive season so far, after staving off relegation from the league on the final day of last season.
Dean Smith ’s men currently sit in ninth place in the Premier League table, six points adrift of West Ham in sixth position, Villa also have a game in hand over the Hammers.
They did suffer a disappointing 1-0 loss against bottom-of-the-table Sheffield United on Wednesday evening, but have the chance to quickly bounce back when they host midlands rivals Wolves at Villa Park on Saturday afternoon.
Davies, now at Derby County, spent four years at Villa between 2007 and 2011, although quite a bit of that was spent out on loan.
He is however backing his former club to return to the position they were in when he first joined the club.
“It’s a massive football club, I’m not just saying it because I was there, we used to finish 6th regularly, so finishing in Europe and aiming for those places, we were one of the big six,” he told TalkSPORT.
“So it’s aiming to be that again, eventually the football club wants to build and get themselves back to that level.”
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And while that could take time, Davies said that there’s no reason the club can’t achieve those aims at the end of this season.
“It’s one step at a time, I understand that obviously last year they just stayed up from relegation,” he added. “But I don’t see why they don’t try and push right up until the end and try and get in that top six because they’ve shown the form throughout the season and they have been able to beat some big teams throughout the season, so why not?”