It was poised to be a pivotal summer for Paul Lambert’s Aston Villa project, having narrowly escaped relegation in his first season in charge, the spotlight was on him to deliver the signings required to push his young team on, and to ensure the stand-out players from last year’s struggling side remained. With the countdown 

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On March 1st, Aston Villa announced their accounts for 2011/2012 which gave a firm insight into their decline from successive sixth place finishes under Martin O’Neil to relegation candidates under Alex McLeish and now Paul Lambert. Under O’Neil, the wage bill climbed to £71 million, accounting for 85% of the club’s annual turnover and, having 

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There have been a host of Belgian footballers that have consistently made the headlines this season for their outstanding performances for their clubs in the Premier League, but none of them have carried the fortunes of a club in a relegation dog fight and still received glowing plaudits like Christian Benteke. His match winning prowess 

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