Villa go into Sunday’s game at Norwich with the pressure finally off after edging their way to Premier League safety last weekend.
For the first time this year Alex McLeish’s side can throw off the shackles without the worry of relegation hanging over them.
Whether the Villa boss will experiment with his starting XI and give some of the promising youngsters a chance to shine remains to be seen.
Should he stick with his senior pros, the likes of Carlos Cuellar and Emile Heskey will be making their final contributions in claret and blue before moving on to pastures new in the summer.
Darren Bent will not feature as he is still not fit and neither will Fabian Delph despite his return to training.
The 22-year-old was hoping to be involved in the final fixture of the campaign after making an earlier-than-expected recovery from the ankle surgery he underwent in February.
But McLeish will hold the youngster back until next season.
“When I saw Delphy get back in training with the group a few weeks ago, he was as sharp and as powerful as I’ve seen him,” said McLeish.
“He’s fought back well. He’s a determined boy. He’s been through some bad injuries and he’s really worked hard to get himself to this level.
“We do need to try to be careful with him but you try to get the evidence from the training.
“I know that it’s not a real marker in terms of the real thing but he has trained well, even in practice matches.
“He was close to making the bench and we considered whether he could he be a starter.
“But, again, it’s these wee niggles. One day he’s fine and the next day he’ll train and feel it pounding again, so it’s a wee bit of maintenance in the summer. I don’t envisage he’ll be involved until next season now.”
Delph has not played since he got injured playing on loan for his former club, Leeds, earlier this year.
And McLeish has joined previous managers Martin O’Neill and Gerard Houllier by saying that the tough-tackling midfielder might need to adapt his style of play slightly to avoid the constant injuries caused by his combative approach.
“I think he needs a lucky break,” added McLeish. “He’s had serious injuries. He’s quite a dogged character, he’ll make challenges, he’s frightened of nothing and sometimes that can maybe work against him.
“But he’s maturing and as he gets older he’ll hopefully be able to gauge how he approaches things. “He’s had some traumatic years.
“He came here as a big potential star and it’s a big weight on a young guy’s shoulders with expectation levels.
“The Premier League has not seen the best of him yet. I saw him towards the end of last season and I thought he played some good games in vital Villa victories.”
“When I first joined I wasn’t really aware of Delph’s real qualities.
“I was told he was more of a dynamic player and when he was doing his fitness programme in the summer I said to him ‘hopefully you will be able to save us a fortune’ but he’s since had some bad luck.
“But, mentally, coming back to training ahead of schedule should help him.”