This summer Aston Villa completed a few deals which certainly did raise the odd eyebrow here and there. They brought in Kieran Richardson from Fulham, but that has so far proven to be a success. They also kept hold of Alan Hutton - and he has quickly become an established member of the team once again.
On top of that they signed Joe Cole, perhaps the most surprising deal of them all. Cole has not been anyway near his best since leaving Chelsea for Liverpool back in 2011. He spent the last 18 months at his first club West Ham on a free transfer, but he was not offered a new dear at the end of the season.
But Villa have decided to snap him up and give him a chance to have another crack in the Premier League at Villa Park.
Unfortunately for Cole, injury has again been his nemesis.
He has struggled with injury problems over the past few seasons and he has played just 62 minutes of football for Villa since his switch in the summer.
But he has been speaking to the Aston Villa official website about his plans for the fiuture, including his injury worries:
"It's been frustrating being injured but that is part and parcel of being a footballer. There aren't many footballers that don't get injured. There's never a good time to be out but mine has come at the start of the season with my new club.
"It's been frustrating as motivation is high with me and I want to do well for my new club and my new team. I want to make an impact here at Villa."
Cole was called up to be a late substitute for the game with Arsenal last weekend, after a virus ravaged the squad, but he says he will not be rushing back to fitness amid his latest injury trouble:
"It's great to be here at Villa. It's a fantastic club and the lads and the coaching staff have been brilliant since I arrived. I obviously want to go out on the pitch and make an impact for all those reasons. But first, it's about building up strength and fitness.
"It's a long season and there are lots of games to be played. There's an FA Cup campaign to come and 33 more Barclays Premier League games to go.
"I don't want to rush it because there is so much football still to be played."
Now time will tell if Cole can establish himself in Paul Lambert and Roy Keane's impressive new regime - and then stay fit.