Aaron Tshibola insists Aston Villa will be a “real force” this season in the Sky Bet Championship when they gel as a team.
Villa have so far struggled to adapt to life in the second tier following relegation from the Premier League, taking just nine points from their first nine matches.
But Tshibola, who scored a late equalising goal during Saturday’s 1-1 home draw against Newcastle, believes there are plenty of positive signs despite a seven-game winless league run – which includes six draws.
The summer signing from Reading will be hoping that Villa can take the next step to realising their potential when they take on a Barnsley team looking to bounce back from successive defeats.
Ahead of the trip to Oakwell, he told the club’s official website: “We are still developing as a team. We are still learning about each other every day. It’s coming. When it comes, I am sure we will be a real force.
“We have a frightening team. The quality is there for everyone to see. We proved that in the second half (against Newcastle).
“It’s like anything – it will take a bit of time to gel. But every day we’re on the training field, we are improving.”