Villa knew the importance of signing up a large volume of players in the previous transfer window, due to the poor standard of their 2014/15 campaign, where they struggled against relegation for much of the season.
Sherwood looked to add quality to his group over the summer, and wanted to sign players with experience of playing in English football, but most his pursuits were unsuccessful.
Cambiasso decided to move away from England, after his contract at Leicester City expired, while Gomez opted to move to Liverpool, Mings went to Bournemouth and Cleverley decided Everton was the club for him.
Carroll, meanwhile, was given a lifeline by Tottenham Hotspur and stayed at the club, and Luongo went to Championship outfit Queens Park Rangers.
It meant that Sherwood had to look at other markets to bring in added quality, as he tried to cover the losses of Fabian Delph and Christian Benteke.
France was a particularly happy hunting ground for Villa, with a number of players being snapped up from Ligue 1, but so far they have struggled to make the transition.
Sherwood's side have failed to win a league match since the opening day of the season, and they are currently sitting in 18th in the Premier League table.