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Aston Villa is coming off a dreadful 2011 season where nothing seemed to quite go their way.
The club's consistently poor play helped tank them to the bottom of the pack where they finished in 16th place––marking their worst finish since the 2005 season.
New boss, Scot Paul Lambert, has certainly stayed busy this off season (already with three transfers so far) in an attempt to boost a struggling lineup that finished second to last in the win category with just eight victories.
Crucial moves to bring in Feyenoord midfielder Karim El Ahmadi, Sheffield United defender Matt Lowton and AK Alkmaar forward Brett Holman will shake things up and inject some much needed experience and competition into the Lions squad.
But going forward there are types of moves we should expect to see from Villa, knowing that they need drastic changes if they want to compete to that elite level longtime supporters have come to expect their team to play at.
Crafting a more successful defensive unit seems to be the name of the game for Lambert as he has already been active in acquiring two defensive-minded players in midfielder El Ahmadi, who is very comfortable playing deep, as well as a younger guy in Lowton who at just 23 has many years left in him.
Look for Lambert to continue making moves to strengthen the defense as the rumor mill has Villa possibly being the mystery team that has extended an offer to Mallorca defender Ivan Ramis, according to the Daily Mail.
The team is also apparently very intrigued by the 19-year-old youngster from AS Nancy in left-back Massadio Haidara, who could potentially become Stephen Warnock's successor.
In any case, look for Lambert and Aston Villa to continue to make smart moves in an attempt to boost them out of the EPL gutter and back into the winners circle that they have become accustomed to placing in.