With the 2017/18 season ending in disappointment, thanks to a 1-0 loss to Fulham in the Championship playoff final Aston Villa fans will have been hopeful of building to a promotion push this time around.
Potentially badly damaging financial implications emerged after the loss which showed how much debt Tony Xia had built up at the club.
But the club were taken over in July much to the relief of their fans that they would not have to sell off their star men.
It also meant they could finally start bringing in new players.
Since the end of the last campaign, the club brought in seven new faces including John McGinn, Anwar El Ghazi and Yannic Bolasie.
There was also a familiar face returning from the previous season.
This is FLW Rewind where we take a look back at a big decision made by a club, analyse the initial reaction and document what happened next.
Aston Villa are close to re-signing Axel Tuanzebe on loan – and could be available to play vs Wigan. [Sun] #avfc
— villareport (@villareport) August 5, 2018
The player in question is Manchester United centre-back who joined the club on another season-long loan to add some much-needed depth to the back-line.
But the defender had not exactly impressed during his first spell with the club making just five appearances.
So, it is safe to say that they were not hugely impressed to see his face again:
Good for backup. Not starting material
— tommy.gi (@thanosgcool) August 5, 2018
What a shame
— Vernon Morrissey (@villa_vernon) August 5, 2018
Because he did so well last year….dear god
— Jason Neville (@SolarioRacing) August 5, 2018
Oh dear, oh dear. Why?????
— Darren Halfpenny (@DazHalfpenny) August 5, 2018
And with Bruce employing him as a right-back in the early stages of the current campaign it looked their initial impressions could have been right.
But with Dean Smith’s arrival after his predecessor was sacked, Tuanzebe’s improvement has been nothing short of remarkable.
In the four matches since Smith came in, the 20-year-old has been tremendous, quickly becoming one of the division’s most exciting defensive talents.
His decision making is brilliant, his strength is unrivalled and his ability as a ball-playing centre-back is now completely unquestionable.
It is, therefore, safe to say that these fans may have been a bit hasty in their judgement.