Aston Villa`s overhauling of their defence after flirting with relegation last season continued on Tuesday with the signing of Spanish defender Jose Angel Crespo from relegated La Liga side Cordoba for a fee reported to be £500,000 ($780,000).
For a Premier League club that had been fighting for relegation safety alongside having the least goals scored in the division, the arrival of former Tottenham Hotspur manager Tim Sherwood casted a spell of new belief and fight for Aston Villa players. Suddenly there is a wave of positivity and transformation in the Villa camp which has been orchestrated by Sherwood.
The Premier League bursts back into life after the international break this weekend with Arsenal and Liverpool clashing in a potential FA Cup final dress rehearsal in the early kick-off at the Emirates on Saturday.
You would have been hard pressed at the start of the season to find anyone to bet on Liverpool`s Brendan Rodgers becoming the first Premier League manager to get the sack, but he is now the bookies` joint favourite.
Five losses in five successive Premier League games is not what Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert would have thought after a positive start in the current campaign. Monday night's kick-off against relegation-threatened Queens Park Rangers, resulted in 2-0 loss for Villa. Lambert was cut a sorry figure still searching for answers to address the current slump.