Looking at Aston Villa’s depth ahead of the new season 3

Quite clearly, Paul Lambert wanted to get as much of his transfer business done as early as possible this year, and with yesterday’s capture of Norwich City’s Jed Steer, he took his Summer additions to six.

On the basis that the majority of their transfer dealings are now done, here’s a look at the range of options now available to Lambert next season.

First, here’s an eleven built of existing players:

…and a side with the new players integrated:

The square peg in that second line-up is Nathan Baker, because he’s not a natural right-back by any stretch of the imagination - but the point remains: Paul Lambert now has some actual depth in his squad, and several credible options in each position.

In reality, a couple of those new signings will go straight into the first-team, with Jores Okore and Antonio Luna likely to be involved right from August.

Villa are in good shape, and while the club haven’t done anything spectacular this Summer, they’ve obviously improved and there’s a healthy sense of progression around Villa Park now. Combine those new signings with the experience last season’s squad has acquired, and mid-table now seems like a realistic objective.

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