The transfer window could not have gone better to plan for manager Steve Bruce at Aston Villa as his business has been met with the delight of a number of outgoings.
It was clear that the team needed a minor shake-up and somewhat more experience if they were adamant on pursuing a promotion bid back to the Premier League, and a measly four additions have walked through the Villa Park doors this summer.
However, it isn’t all about the numbers and there are specifically a few in the first-team picture who are pivotal to the side and any such shake-up would not only disrupt the flow, but actually cause a riot of chaos as they are the backbone of this group of players.
Aston Villa just wouldn’t click if it weren’t for these squad members, and a mid-table limbo such as last season would be a regular occurrence.
Here are those TWO stars that if Villa were without then they just would not function properly…..