Supporters of Aston Villa face a nauseating wait for the dawn of the 2014-15 Premier League season. While many fans welcome the imminent change in ownership, there is tremendous uncertainty over the club's future.
It is unclear if Paul Lambert will remain manager, and disgraced assistant coaches Ian Culverhouse and Gary Karsa have been the first casualties, beginning a summer that will be filled with transitions in many areas.
Villa's thin squad struggled last season, suffering injuries to many key figures and regularly playing many poor performers. Reinforcements are desperately needed in several areas, but new signings will be difficult to make until a new owner—and potentially a new manager—formally takes over.
The willingness of Villa's new owners to spend will undoubtedly impact the quality of the players who do finally sign, but in the meantime, Villa can identify their greatest areas of weakness and begin to target specific players to address them.
These are Villa's biggest transfer needs for the summer transfer window.