Aside from maybe Liverpool FC, no Premier League club has been as active on the transfer circuit this summer as Aston Villa. New manager Tim Sherwood is really shaking things up at Villa Park, to the point Aston Villa Home Shirt 2014 - 2015where the Claret and Blue squad will be tough to even recognize when the new Premier League season gets started. But will all of the new blood help turn the Lions into a winning side for a change? Or will they struggle to rise above last season's 17th place finish? It's been an exceptionally busy summer transfer window 2015 for Aston Villa, but has arrived, who has left, and what will the net result be?

On one hand, fans may have a reason or two to feel concerned that Sherwood is jettisoning the few things that did work about Aston Villa's soccer game last season. For instance, Fabian Delph, a talented midfielder, transferred to Manchester City this summer-despite signing a new four and a half year contract with Aston Villa in January. Christian Benteke, meanwhile, is headed to Liverpool FC on a £32.5 million transfer fee. Benteke was Villa's leading scorer in each of his three seasons at the soccer club.

Incoming Talent

Despite those two high-profile departures, though, Sherwood has amassed a good deal of new talent at Villa Park as well. In particular, the hefty price tag that Liverpool paid for Benteke has helped the Lions complete transfers of nearly a dozen new players-and the summer transfer season isn't even over yet.

So who's coming aboard at Villa Park? A full list is included below:


Jordan Ayew: Tipped by some as the replacement for Christian Benteke, Ayew has been playing at the senior level since debuting for the Marseille first team in December 2009. He hit his stride last season at Lorient, scoring 12 goals in Ligue 1 play to become the league's 10th most prolific scorer. Sherwood is undoubtedly hoping for continued growth in the coming years.

Rudy Gestede: A 26-year-old French striker, Gestede arrives at Aston Villa from the Blackburn Rovers, where he scored 35 goals in 73 appearances. He finished last season tied for fourth on the Football League Championship's list of top goalscorers.


Jordan Veretout: Like Gestede, the 22-year-old Veretout hails from France. Unlike Gestede, this will be Veretout's first time playing professional football in England. He's been with Nantes since 2011 playing as midfielder, and has accumulated 146 appearances and 15 goals.

Scott Sinclair: Though only 26 years old, Sinclair has already been all over the place since playing his first senior career match in December 2004. He was 15 then, and playing for Bristol Rovers. Since then, he's played for 11 different clubs, thanks in particular to his status as a frequent loan player at Chelsea. Over the years, the English winger has scored 49 goals in 223 fixtures.

Idrissa Gueye: In five years at Lille, Gueye made 176 appearances and scored five goals. The defensive midfielder also plays for the Senegal national team, and represented his country in both the 2012 Olympics and the Africa Cup of Nations.


Micah Richards: A longtime veteran of Manchester City, Richards comes to Aston Villa after a year spent on loan to Fiorentina. Since beginning his senior career in 2005, the defender has appeared in 264 matches and scored nine goals. Sherwood even named the 27-year-old Richards as the captain of his new Aston Villa squad, praising his "winning mentality."

Jose Angel Crespo: A seasoned defender with plentiful experience, Crespo signed with Sevilla in 2005 and has been a senior professional ever since. The 28-year-old Spaniard will bring versatility and experience to Aston Villa's defense.

Jordan Amavi: At 21, Amavi is the youngest of Sherwood's transfers this summer. A French left back, Amavi is still relatively inexperienced, though he did make 55 appearances and scored four goals in Ligue 1 play over the course of two seasons at Nice.


Mark Bunn: A 30-year-old who started his career at Northampton Town all the way back in 2001, Bunn hasn't played much in recent years, and has rarely been a first-choice keeper. It's unclear what role he will play at Villa. Brad Guzan is expected to stay on as the football club's top goalkeeper.

Note: Rumor has it that Sherwood is also looking to sign Tottenham Hotspur striker Emmanuel Abedayor and Barcelona winger Adama Traore, though neither have been confirmed as of yet.

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