Things don't look *too* bad for Sunderland after a second draw in a row on Saturday afternoon.
The Black Cats remain bottom of the Premier League table but that matters little at such an early stage that one win could take them up to eighth. And, after earning a creditable draw against Swansea City, a 2-2 draw at Aston Villa is certainly an improvement on 4-2 and 3-1 defeats to Leicester City and Norwich City respectively.
Dick Advocaat's signings, meanwhile, are making their mark. Yann M'Vila is impressing Sunderland fans and so too is Jeremain Lens. Another new arrival in Ola Toivonen has also made a good impression.
Indeed, during his debut at Aston Villa, where the 29-year-old played 45 minutes, he looked good. And that got Sunderland supporters thinking.
If Advocaat can produce good signings with limited funds, why not give a proven manager more money to spend in the transfer market?
That's the question many Sunderland fans were asking of owner Ellis Short on Twitter after the game, as well as heaping praise on debutant Toivonen. Here's a selection of what was said on social media after the Aston Villa draw...
MVila n Lens are best signings weve had in a long time,Toivonen shows early signs he is same.Dicks players,show him the money Ellis. #safc— KEN (@FarnMichael) August 29, 2015
Told lads at work that Ola Toivonen is a player, they're adamant that cos he only scored a few goals last season he's wallop. He's not #safc— J. Chapman, Deceased (@mrtav_na_istoku) August 29, 2015
Hope Toivonen can play like that week in week out he made me eat my words #SAFC— Scott Bain (@safc_fanzone) August 29, 2015
If Toivonen is supposed to be a bang average player, what does that say about some of the old squad? Looks a class apart #safc— Andy Rooney (@ViewFromTheDene) August 29, 2015
Great goals by M'Villa and Lens, and Toivonen looks the part too. Imagine if Big Dick had real money to spend... #SAFC— Mark Evans (@Evs_Dubai) August 29, 2015
Toivonen looks to have decent vision. Need someone with legs around him though #safc— Chris Hurst (@chrishurst82) August 29, 2015
M'Villa is a class addition, Toivonen decent on debut if not a touch casual last 20 but all in all reasonable point there #SAFC— GB7 (@GB_Seven) August 29, 2015