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Contrast Villa's strong start to the year with Sunderland's.
They, too, narrowly missed relegation last year, and they opted to try and correct those mistakes this season by spending big over the summer. The Black Cats brought in the likes of Jozy Altidore, Emanuele Giaccherini, Vito Mannone and Charis Mavrias for a combined £22 million.
But so far, the results haven't exactly been forthcoming for Paolo Di Canio's side.
Beaten at home by a poor Fulham team, they then watched their only lead of the season disappear against Southampton as they conceded a late equalizer.
A 3-1 defeat away from home to newly promoted Crystal Palace showed just how much work still remains for the Black Cats this year, and if we're going to be honest, it's a little surprising that Di Canio hasn't completely lost it already. After all, he's temperamental at the best of times, so we can only imagine how he must be feeling right about now.
Showing just a few signs of frustration, Di Canio said via The Guardian after the Crystal Palace defeat that his players were playing "empty in the brain."
For him, however, that's tame. He'll explode soon enough.