Aston Villa have been far from inactive during the summer transfer window, having signed seven players to provide much needed strength and depth to a squad that has just managed to stave off relegation three years in a row.
However, despite Villa's unbeaten and rather positive start to the season with two games played, four points earned and not a single goal conceded, the quality of Paul Lambert's new additions is yet to be fully understood. In fact, perhaps the most exciting arrival at Villa Park this summer is that of Carlos Sanchez from Spanish side, Elche, who has had a limited impact having played only 30 minutes in claret and blue.
Without a doubt the most important coup for Villa comes not among the playing staff but in the shape of Roy Keane as assistant manager, enabling Lambert to focus on tactics while Keane provides highly disciplined man-management. This will prove vital to a team that is full of young players as well as welcoming back expensive and formerly out-of-favour senior talents such as Darren Bent, Charles N'Zogbia and Alan Hutton.
The Villans are in reasonably good shape to take on the upcoming campaign, particularly given the potentially turbulent news at the start of the summer that owner Randy Lerner is looking to sell the club. With the announcement that Lambert would have only £10 million to spend on transfers and wages, this summer was always going to be a challenge.
So the question arises: Who else could Aston Villa have targeted? Here's a look at five players that Villa should have gone for during the summer transfer window.