After surviving relegation to the Championship but the skin of their teeth, Aston Villa were aiming to put the 2014/15 season behind them.
Another campaign in the Premier League beckoned with Tim Sherwood continuing at the helm having managed to keep the club up the previous year.
The summer would see an overhaul of the playing squad with 14 players leaving, and 12 coming through the doors at Villa Park.
One such was a signing that was pretty impressive for a club like Villa.
On July 31, 2015, the club announced the signing of Jordan Veretout.
— Aston Villa (@AVFCOfficial) July 31, 2015
Touted as one of France’s brightest young talents, he was confirmed on a five-year deal for a fee of £8million.
And it was safe to say the addition of the centre-half got the Villa fans whipped up into a frenzy ahead of what promised to be an improved season.
Here’s how some of the club’s supporters reacted on social media to the signing of the former Nantes man.
@AVFCOfficial fantastic signing ????
— chris c (@chrisavfc1986) July 31, 2015
— Josh Crofts (@Av_Crofty) July 31, 2015
@AVFCOfficial great signing
— James Long (@1_jlong) July 31, 2015
— Macc (@marktheglinch) July 31, 2015
@AVFCOfficial get in ye beautiful things!!
— Big Bad Barry (@bazfitz1982) July 31, 2015
@AVFCOfficial buzzin with this signing! One of Frances brightest young talents, Spurs And Arsenal both enquired about him so????????
— Josh Boyle (@JoshBoyle17) July 31, 2015
On paper, it was a move that promised so much and got the fans expecting a positive campaign after their narrow escape from the clutches of relegation the year before.
Veretout made 25 appearances for Villa during his time at the club, 21 from the off and four from the substitutes bench.
But after just one season, he failed to do enough to help the club avoid the drop to the Championship.
Playing 25 out of the 39 Premier League matches, he was unable to score a single goal during his time at the club but managed five assists.
So much was expected from the midfielder but he failed to have a sustained impact on Villa’s battle in the league.
They were eventually relegated with Veretout spending the following season on loan at Ligue 1 side Saint Etienne before leaving the club entirely to head to Fiorentina.
There was a flurry of support for the move, but that was never repaid in a season filled with disaster from start to finish.