Aston Villa star Anwar El Ghazi has claimed that the level of confidence within his side is now high following their impressive recent run of form which has seen them win four successive Championship games.
The Midlands outfit most recently claimed an impressive 3-0 win against Middlesbrough on Saturday following goals from El Ghazi, John McGinn and Albert Adomah.
Dean Smith’s side’s form has seen them rise from 11th position on the standings to sixth.
After looking as though they were set for a mid-table finish this season due to inconsistency, Villa now occupy the final promotion playoff spot and are now in the running to potentially win promotion to the top-flight via the playoffs.
With eight games remaining this season, it is vital that Smith’s charges aim to maintain the current level of form so that they can win promotion.
El Ghazi is upbeat about the current situation and believes that there is momentum building within the Villa squad.
“There’s a good atmosphere among the team and in training – you can really feel it at the moment,” he told Villa’s official website.
“Especially since we’re on a winning run now, we just want to get to the next game.
“We try to keep impressing and keep going all the time – especially at home.
“The commitment and determination to keep going has been the key to our recent turnaround.
“We’ve had our bad period now and come through it.
“With Jack Grealish back, it’s been better. We’ll also be getting Axel Tuanzebe back soon.
“The feeling is good right now after four wins in a row. We’re prepared for the run-in.”
One of the major advantages that Villa could get if they win promotion is that it could help them to keep hold of Jack Grealish and striker Tammy Abraham for at least another season.
The young duo are certainly Premier League quality players. If the club fails to secure entry to the Premier League, it is likely that clubs from the top-flight will come flocking for their signatures at the end of the season.
On the other hand, it would be in the best interests of both players to remain at Villa for at least another season and hone their skills if the club secures promotion.