Last Updated: Wed, 26 Jun 2013 16:25
Paul Lambert feels Aston Villa's summer recruits can lead the club to "bigger and better things" due to the competition for places.
Villa boss Lambert has already been fairly busy in the transfer market, having signed Jores Okore, Aleksander Tonev, Nicklas Helenius, Leandro Bacuna and Antonio Luna.
Goalkeeper Jed Steer, 20, will also join Villa when his contract with Norwich comes to an end on July 1, and Lambert is delighted with his business to date.
He told the club's official website: "Having genuine competition for places is really healthy and, in fact, vital for any club that aspires to bigger and better things.
"For instance, Antonio Luna has come in and he will augment and enhance the defence and give us some more options there.
"He's played about 70 games in Spain and we all know the standard of football in La Liga.
"We know that defensively we need to improve from last season, overall as a team, so that's good.
"Bringing in Jed will also add to the goalkeeping department and helps with everyone pushing one another, learning from one another and making everyone better and wanting to improve.
"You want competition for places throughout the team, which is something we didn't have last season."
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