Carlos Sanchez would undoubtedly have been a big influence in the middle ground had he played more in 2015/16 but he suffered with a series of niggling injuries.
When fit, The Rock was always in and around the first team, whether as a starter or as a sub.
He made 22 appearances throughout 2015/16 – 18 starts and four coming off the bench.
Sanchez’s season wasn’t made easier by his fitness issues.
Other than one game – the FA Cup third round replay against Wycombe – he spent January, February and half of March on the treatment table, nursing a troublesome hamstring problem.
He’ll be hoping to make bigger strides this coming term.
Sanchez had a very admirable first season in the top-flight.
He came to Villa with a big reputation, having impressed greatly at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil for Colombia.
Paul Lambert expected big things from the likeable 30-year-old and Tim Sherwood spoke glowingly of the midfielder after arriving as boss.