When Steven Gerrard was appointed as manager of Aston Villa, plenty of eyebrows were raised around the country.
The Liverpudlian is clearly a very talented and highly-rated coach but rightly or wrongly, there is always an element of scepticism attached to those arriving on English shores from Scottish football.
What he achieved north of the border was tremendous, as he guided Rangers to the Premiership title last term, doing so in unbeaten fashion.
That was the biggest boon attached to his CV upon arriving at Villa Park but we have quickly discovered there is another hugely appreciated bonus that he brings with him; that of attracting footballers to come and play for him.
The signings of Philippe Coutinho and Lucas Digne prove that, as two impressive regular internationals joined the club, marking a set of acquisitions that were some of the most impressive in the club’s recent history.
However, there could be arrivals before the window is closed with Johan Lange and Gerrard targeting a certain Luis Suarez no less.
It appears as if the Uruguayan is enthralled by the idea of working with somebody he respects highly from when the ex-midfielder was still a player, and what a signing he’d be.
Boasting 241 goals in Europe’s top five leagues, he is a generational talent, someone who has found the net throughout his career with jaw-dropping consistency.
Yet, he isn’t the only offensive name that could still put pen to paper at Bodymoor Heath before January 31st.
Another player who has been linked with a move is Swedish winger Dejan Kulusevski.
The Juventus star has been touted with switches to the likes of Tottenham Hotspur in recent times but it’s Villa who must secure his services.
After all, the £27m-rated gem could create a destructive and compelling partnership alongside both Coutinho and Suarez in the forward line.
Described as “explosive” by former Villa and Sweden striker Marcus Allback, Kulusevski has attributes in his locker that could scare opposing defenders up and down the country.
Capable of playing all across the front line, he has scored nine times and registered ten assists for Juve, but it was at Atalanta where he was most prolific.
He beat the goalkeeper on 17 occasions while proving himself to be a creative marvel, racking up 26 assists.
Indeed, with that kind of service for Suarez, they’d have the potential to create an awe-inspiring attack under Gerrard.
Admittedly, bringing both of them to the Midlands this winter seems unlikely, but supporters can always dream.