Aston Villa FC (@AVFCOfficial) August 15, 2014
While Aston Villa’s previous signings this summer have done little to inspire fans ahead of the new season, the addition of Colombian midfielder Carlos Sanchez appears to have been met with overriding excitement.
Arriving from Spanish side Elche for a fee believed to be around £4.7 million, Sanchez appeared in four of his side’s five World Cup fixtures this summer, having won 44 caps since his 2007 debut, with his impressive performances also attracting interest from the likes of Everton and Queens Park Rangers.
Nicknamed “The Rock”, due to his solidity in the holding role, the 28-year-old spent six seasons with Valenciennes in France prior to moving to La Liga last August, and has even earned comparisons to his idol, Claude Makelele.
While few were enthralled with the additions of Joe Cole, Philippe Senderos, Kieran Richardson and Aly Cissokho, an overwhelmingly positive response has greeted Sanchez’s capture, not least for the fact that the club have at last splashed out a significant sum to bolster the squad.
Paul Lambert’s side have been craving a midfielder with the South American’s skillset for some time now and numerous fans took to Twitter upon the announcement of his arrival to express their delight, including club legend and compatriot Juan Pablo Angel.
Villa signing Carlos Sanchez is so good that it's really, really weird.— Jamye (@JamieCutteridge) August 15, 2014
It's amazing what one signing can do to lift spirits of football fans. Welcome Carlos Sanchez to Aston Villa #avfc— Stephen Lacken (@slacken9) August 15, 2014
Carlos Sanchez should be a class signing, what we've needed since Petrov. Looking forward to watching him play #avfc— niall (@NiallBurns) August 15, 2014
Sanchez! Great signing for us! Strong, decent, ball winning CM! Just what we needed! #AVFC— Chris Driver (@ChrisDriver) August 15, 2014
Delighted with Sanchez! Seems keen to be here & credit to Lambert for getting it done! #avfc— Andy (@AndyVilla80) August 15, 2014
Carlos Sanchez's signing means I can finally tell Colombians which football team I support without mentioning Juan Pablo Angel's name.— Carl Worswick (@cworswick) August 15, 2014
Carlos Sanchez coached by Roy Keane will be something!!— Mithran (@Rodgerism) August 15, 2014