It took them a while, but Aston Villa pulled off what was an impressive January transfer window, strengthening areas that badly needed to be strengthened.
Four new faces arrived in total with goalkeeper Lovre Kalinic, midfielder Tom Carroll and centre-backs Kortney Hause and Tyrone Mings making the move to Villa Park.
Last weekend’s clash with Reading was a chance for the fans to see them all in action together for the first although Mings and Kalinic were the only new arrivals to start.
Although both played well, Bournemouth loanee Mings got himself involved in one of the most gruesome incidents of the season so far.
Just after the 70th minute, he was involved in a tussle with Reading striker Nelson Oliveira with the latter falling to the floor.
As Mings turned to move away, he, seemingly accidentally, trod on the striker’s face, leaving him with deep cuts and a broken nose.
There had been calls for him to face a severe ban for the incident but will not face any retrospective action.
So, how should the Villa fans be feeling after this news?
Well, relieved more than anything. If Mings were to face a ban, it would be a hefty one, most likely similar to the five games he was given following a similar incident two years ago.
The 25-year-old actually played well on Saturday and looked right at home in the Villa back-line.
Considering how badly they have struggled in defence, losing a centre-back option for at least five games would have been an enormous blow.