Villa have done well over the years to maintain their ever-present Premier League status, especially considering they’ve endured a couple of difficult relegation battles in their history.
Last year proved tough watching at Villa Park though as they narrowly avoided the drop under Alex McLeish in what was possibly the worst season in the club’s history.
Given the chance, Villa’s fans would probably name last year’s starting XI as the worst to ever take to the field wearing the claret and blue, but looking back over the years, some names stand out that would be enough to make everyone in the Holte End shed a little tear.
They will hope Paul Lambert uses his cash a little more wisely than some of his predecessors and builds a side much more worthy of turning out at Villa Park than these lot.
Here is the worst XI signings made by Villa during the Premier League era: