With Unai Emery clearly keen to stamp his authority on this underperforming Aston Villa team, he has already been linked with a whole host of new talent.
Perhaps the most exciting and potentially viable of those linked are those regarding Martin Terrier, who has garnered huge praise in recent years for his quietly brilliant performances in France.
To tempt him to Villa Park would mark a sensational coup given the breadth of quality sides just mentioned, but he is expected to cost as much as £40m.
There is a reason for their interest, as the Frenchman is so highly rated that he has actually been likened to the great Thierry Henry by European football writer Tim Williams.
With an incredible goal-scoring prowess from predominantly the left wing, his right footedness was sure to bring about comparisons.
Terrier’s prowess is further exemplified in that he ranks in the top 1% for non-penalty goals when compared to other wingers in Europe.
Should he make the switch to Villa Park, it would certainly provide a new impetus for Emiliano Buendia, who promised much when he first signed but has since underwhelmed.
The entrance of a player who is at such a “high-level”, as his manager Bruno Genesio dubbed him, would lift the club entirely after what has been such a torrid time, and would surely aid Buendia’s output in the final third, with there being inconsistencies surrounding both Danny Ings and Ollie Watkins.
To draw comparisons to a man who scored 175 goals in the Premier League denotes a special career in the making, and Villa should act quickly to secure what could be one of the greatest transfer coups in their recent history.