We're just as happy to see you, too! (Image by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images)
In news fresh off of the official Aston Villa twitter feed, our new midfielder Jean Makoun has been cleared and given work permissions. The Cameroonian national player will be a possible starter for Tuesday's action against Wigan Athletic at DW Stadium. This is fantastic news, as Makoun wasn't anticipated to be ready quite so quickly. I don't know if he'll start on Tuesday, but I would be absolutely shocked if he didn't make it on the pitch at some point.
With Darren Bent and Makoun both in the fold now, I think we can all return to a more optimistic view of the claret and blue. The first half of the season has been absolutely rough, but things are looking up. Randy Lerner and Gérard Houllier have done a great deal of work in this window and have brought in some great players. The fact that we'll have them all together soon will be a fantastic boon.
Later today, be sure to check back and see what Kirsten, Aaron, Gareth and I think is possible for the rest of the transfer window. Do you think we'll have any more news that makes us as gleeful as these two signings?