Stiliyan Petrov has no doubts that Aston Villa will benefit from the arrival of John Carew and Ashley Young.
Carew and Young joined Villa during the final week of the January transfer window and, having twice played together up front, have already had a profound effect on the team.
With Phil Bardsley and Shaun Maloney also joining the club last month, there is a feeling that Martin O'Neill's revolution has reached a significant stage and that the remnants of the David O'Leary era — confusion, division, and a lack of confidence — are being cast aside.
Petrov joined Villa last August as O'Neill's first signing for Villa and he has been able to appreciate the speed with which the newer players, particularly the two strikers, have helped to foster a new attacking emphasis.
Carew and Young played significant roles in ensuring that Villa defeated West Ham United last Saturday. Carew scored the only goal, latching on to a pass from Young.
Petrov, looking comfortable in midfield after a spell out in January through injury, said that Villa were building solid foundations.
"We played better as a team against West Ham," Petrov said. "We are starting to click. We are starting to understand each other more. The training in the last two weeks has been even better.
"We played with more confidence and I felt we could have grabbed hold of the game earlier but we couldn't and it was a nervous end. We were happy to get three points.
"They [Carew and Young] are good players and when you put in good players they start clicking. John was a handful and they couldn't cope with him. Ashley was very lively. They give us different options and that's good for the team.
"When you have someone to hold the ball up, and you can see things like Ashley and John, it is much easier when you time your runs. As for Shaun Maloney, I think a lot of fans will be surprised what he can do.
"These are exciting times for Villa. They will get more exciting because the manager wants to be a winner and bring success to this club and I think he will try to do his best to make this team better and better.
"We knew it was going to be a difficult season. We had a good start, then a little bit of a dip and now we are coming good again and we are starting to realise that we need to take our game higher so we can win matches."
Petrov was also quick to laugh off groundless suggestions that he is unhappy at Villa Park, misses his former home in Glasgow, and is jealous that his former Celtic team-mates are preparing for a European Cup tie against AC Milan.
"I don't know where the rumours about my future come from," Petrov said. "It is not nice when you hear things about yourself like that but I am happy here, I am enjoying my football and I think Villa will have a great future. I will find out who is saying these things."
Villa do not play at home again until March 14, when they face Arsenal. They were originally scheduled to play Arsenal on February 24 but that match has been postponed. Arsenal are playing Chelsea in the League Cup final the day after.
Apart from the financial implications of a six-week gap without a home match, there is also the issue of momentum. Villa are starting to show some form — despite a run of only two wins in 15 matches — and inactivity will not serve their cause. Their match away to Reading next week will be their last in February.
"It is going to be tough and we look forward to home games in front of big crowds," Petrov said. "But, away from home, the support has been unbelievable and we know away, everywhere they go, they will be great with us."