Aston Villa: Top ten ambitions bolstered by signings

New boy: Jores Okore is a 20-year-old Danish international

Like Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool, Paul Lambert has been busy bringing in players to try and improve Aston Villa...

"At just 20-years-old Okore is a central defender of real physical stature with pace, who has already played seven times for Denmark."


After flirting with relegation for most of last season, Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert has been quick to put his scouting reports into action to ensure this doesn't happen again - with Villa rated at 8.615/2 for the drop in 2013/14.

The Scotsman has already brought six fresh faces to Villa Park with over two months of the window still remaining. And while not many names can claim to be household, these new additions should ensure that Villa are more likely to finish in the top half of the Premier League this season as their price of 2.9215/8 suggests.

Here is a brief profile of each of Villa's new boys:

Aleksandar Tonev - winger - £2.5 million from Lech Poznan
The 23-year-old Bulgaria international was Lambert's first summer capture and the fact Werder Bremen and Celtic were also after his services suggests that he has talent. There is plenty of scope for him to break into the side.

Jores Okore - defender - £4 million from Nordsjaelland
At just 20-years-old, Okore is a central defender of real physical stature with pace, who has already played seven times for Denmark. He also gained a wealth of experience playing for Nordsjaelland in the Champions League last season and should slot straight in alongside Ron Vlaar. Okore is possibly the best of the summer signings.

Leandro Bacuna - winger - £2 million from Groningen
Another exciting prospect, Bacuna is a Dutch U21 international and has already made 120 appearances for Eredivisie side Groningen. He's quick and can also operate at full-back if necessary, so should be a good addition.

Nicklas Helenius - striker - £1.2 million (rising to £2 million) from Aalborg
At 6ft 5ins, the Danish League's second highest scorer last season with 16 goals is sure to be a handful for defenders. However, according to Helenius himself, his best position is off the main striker. The jury is out.

Antonio Luna - left back - undisclosed fee from Sevilla
22-year-old Luna impressed Lambert during a loan spell from Sevilla at Mallorca last season and looks set to slot in at left-back. Last season, Joe Bennett was exposed in this position and it was important for Lambert to strengthen there. The jury will be out again.

Jed Steer - goalkeeper - free transfer from Norwich 
The most low-profile of all the signings, Steer is a 20-year-old English keeper who has featured for the U19 national side. Familiar to Lambert from his time as Canaries boss, the young stopper is likely to be sent out on loan for experience.

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