Aston Villa have made a wonderful start to the new Premier League season, picking up seven points from a possible nine. This early success has been in no small part due to the rapid integration of their new signings.
Paul Lambert was not afforded the huge transfer kitty that many of England's clubs have been quick to flaunt. As a result, meticulous planning for targeted improvements to the team was vital. Indeed, the Villans were among the most proactive in the free transfer market, capturing experienced players looking to revitalise dwindling careers—a strategy that appears to be paying dividends already.
Despite a late flurry of interest in various midfield talents on deadline day, including rumours noted by the Daily Mail about a bid for Sergio Canales, Villa announced the loan signing of Tom Cleverley from Manchester United. All in all, with six new players signed, Lambert has reinforced the team, but the quality of the signings is yet to be seen.
Here we take a look at those players and grade how good they have been so far and how important they will be for Aston Villa over the course of this young campaign. Each player has been graded out of 10 in the following criteria: price, experience, ability and Villa's need for them, with an overall grade as well.