As much as it's always claimed that anybody can beat anybody in the Premier League, that's never true over the course of a full season. It's part of what makes league competitions so much better in many ways than cups - it's entertainingly open from week to week, while still ensuring that the winning team at the end of the season is almost always the best one.
The early incomings at Villa Park were largely ridiculed but after three matches a number of those have made a real impact, along with some of those that had been previously cut adrift. The later additions of Carlos Sanchez and Tom Cleverley were certainly more eye-catching, adding options to an area where Villa could be labelled a little one-dimensional.
Villa have won 30.5% of the 59 league matches Vlaar has started since signing in 2012, compared to just 11.8% of the 17 he missed, so it's of great importance Lambert convinces him to remain in the Midlands. That, though, is easier said than done when considering the teams taking an interest in him.