Aston Villa manager Gerard Houllier has just been discharged from hospital.
Former Arsenal and Villarreal winger Robert Pires has signed for Aston Villa. While Pires will bring experience to the squad, don't expect him to displace the Villa's exciting young starters.
Should Aston Villa be concerned with adding experience to guide their youth, or should they be focusing on saving their pennies for the January transfer window?
Aston Villa boss Gerard Houllier left Stephen Ireland on the bench for the derby against Birmingham on Sunday. Instead, he used bench player Steve Sidwell and youngster Barry Bannan in order to send a message to the midfielder.