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In the past few years, Aston Villa have mainly bought players from inside the English Premier League.
Prior to the start of the 2011-12 season, Villa purchased a total of three players (N'Zogbia, Hutton and Given), all of them from fellow English sides.
Throughout the 2010-11 campaign, they bought five players, three of them joining from EPL teams. And in summer 2009, Villa made nine transfers, all joining from English clubs.
Over the past summer, Villa chose to continue this recent habit and purchase players from English sides, but this time from the lower leagues.
Paul Lambert brought in Matthew Lowton from League One side Sheffield United, Joe Bennett from Middlesbrough (Championship), Jordan Bowery from League Two club Chesterfield and Ashley Westwood from Crewe Alexandra (League One).
All four players are young and have lots of potential. And Villa will be delighted that they signed all four for around £9 million.
Matthew Lowton has already made a great impact at Villa Park, starting in every single match so far this season. The other three English acquisitions have only made substitute appearances, but it can't be long before they are given their chance to shine.