With no Aston Villa game for another ten days, Matt Turvey takes time to reflect on broader issues affecting the Midlands club.
In a week where there is no Premier League action, it feels a bit like there's a vacuum of information to be covered, at least from a purely Aston Villa perspective.
However Villa are, like any team, composed of individual players. As we've seen since the arrival of Paul Lambert as manager of the club, the team have become an increasingly diverse group of players from across the world.
Previously, at least under Martin O'Neill, Villa were seen as a bastion of English talent, unofficially seen as the core of England's future, composed by the likes of Gareth Barry, Ashley Young, Stewart Downing, and James Milner.
For many fans, such a construct - that of Villa as "the new England" - was an immense source of pride. After all, for many Englishmen and women, to see one's own nation being success - as O'Neill's team were at the time - will make any person proud.
As we all know though, the reality of football meant that, even with the club's successes, they were too far from the top of the league to keep hold of players - in a career that ends in one's early thirties for many, time is certainly of the essence.
In addition, the squad of the time were comparatively bloated in wage terms versus the current situation meaning that Villa had their hands bound with regard to how they could reward those players, even if the manager wanted to keep hold of them.
All of the above, whilst setting the scene, doesn't get to the point of my original angle of this piece - that Villa have become a diverse group of players from many nations. At present, Lambert's team sit in the top half - a place that many would suggest is above the expectations of where the team will finish come May.
What has caused this? For Villa, it is a question of economics - the core of any football club that doesn't have an oligarch-level billionaire funding its operation. Whether in transfer terms, or wages, English players often - though not always - are poor value purchases, so when O'Neill secured so many, it was almost inevitable that Villa would hit their financial buffers sooner or later.
Instead, under Lambert, the team are varied. It is far too early in the season or, in all honesty, too early in the manager's career at Villa Park, to be deciding whether he is a success or a failure.
However, if the team does manage to finish in the place they currently occupy - a safe mid-table 10th place - there will be strong evidence to say that Lambert's team, comparatively cheaply assembled as they may have been, could be the key to owner Randy Lerner's initial objective for the Midlands team - to operate as a self-sustaining traditional business.
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