Before Xia infected Villa Park with his enthusiasm and optimism, successive relegations appeared a more likely prospect than a play-off push.
After a disastrous start to the Chinese businessman’s tenure, Villa suddenly find themselves looking up for the first time in recent memory with the astute appointment of Steve Bruce coinciding with an upturn in form and renewed hope of a play-off push.
The Midlands giants often appeared a nervous wreck under predecessor Roberto Di Matteo but are still unbeaten in the seven games since the former Hull and Birmingham boss, who won promotion from the second tier on three occasions, took charge in October.
Furthermore, this has also corresponded with the impressive form of Amavi and Kodjia, the former getting back to his best after a long-term lay-off and the latter (below) winning the PFA Championship Player of the Month award after netting three times in three games throughout November.
And the ever-enthusiastic Xia has encouraged both players to maintain their stand-out performances as Villa prepare for a testing trip to Elland Road on Saturday.
In particular, Amavi’s passionate claims to the Birmingham Mail that Villa are one of the “biggest and best clubs in the country” seems to have struck a chord with the likeable owner.
While the negativity surrounding the future and the perceived lack of interest of previous owner Randy Lerner seeped through the club, Xia’s fervent passion appears to have completely changed the mentality at Villa Park.