Aston Villa could be the surprise package next season as the club have been going about their transfers quietly and efficiently.
Manager Paul Lambert has just recruited his fifth signing of the summer transfer window in the shape of Sevilla left-back Antonio Luna. The Scot's latest steal makes Villa the busiest Premier League club in the window thus far.
Lambert endured a difficult debut season at Villa Park where he flirted with relegation, but the Villans managed to avoid the drop and in fact ended the season strongly.
The former Norwich boss has placed a lot of faith in youth with Villa boasting the youngest squad in the top flight.
Lambert has firmly stood by his philosophy of youth, despite criticism from fans, and increasingly determined to prove his doubters wrong, he has continued with his belief in unproven stars.
It is thought that manager has a good relationship with owner Randy Lerner and the chairman has allowed the former Borussia Dortmund player the opportunity to place his own stamp on the club.
The Villans have also captured Danish hitman Nicklas Helenius from Aalborg. The 6ft 5 striker was voted last season’s player of the year in the Danish league and he will certainly add potency to their forward line as last campaign they heavily relied on top scorer Christian Benteke - whom himself has expressed a desire to leave the club.
Wantaway 22-year-old Benteke could yet remain in the Midlands as no concrete offer has come in for the Belgian and should he stay for at least one more season, the once European Champions could yet be the surprise package following some shrewd signings.
The 2013/14 season is where Lambert will really be judged, having had a season to bed in his own ideas and adjust to his new club.
Don't be surprised if Aston Villa will be the surprise performers in the coming campaign.
Lambert takes his men to the Emirates on the opening day, the first real test of their credentials.
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