Fans hero's often come from out of nowhere, some are goalscorers, there's the odd midfield player and of course that defender.
Some join the club early, rarely do you get one in the second or twilight of his playing career although there is certainly one other notable exception.
Players join from other clubs, obviously, rarely if ever do we get heroes from our neighbours, few players ever make the transition our way, and if they do, they even more rarely do it well. So here we have a player well into his twilight years, unfit, been injured and on a free from Birmingham City FC, a hero in the making you have to be joking, what a laugh, get real.
Anyone care to bet against it ?
Certainly not me, I'm convinced already.
All Sutton needs to do is keep relatively injury free and he's going to become a real hero. Villa fans love swashbuckling centre forwards, we love skilful players, we love our heroes with a sense of presence and humour.
Not convinced when O'Neill bailed him out, not convinced by his lack of fitness, not convinced by his recent past performances at other clubs, not happy with the prospect of target man football, I doubted.
But from Liverpool on the signs have been good, the way he looked when subbed against Everton, said it all, no player could have ever given more. That allied to some of the most beautiful nicks and reverse passes, I've seen in years and I'm converted.
What's more I want to see more, I can't wait to see what he'll do next, and that's the sign of real quality.
Bring it on son prove me right
Manager Tim Sherwood has spoken of his disappointment - and shouldered the blame - for today's one nil loss to Stoke City.
All the stats from Aston Villa (0) vs (1) Stoke, Villa Park, 3/10/15 Att: 33,189
Statistics, damn lies and Aston Villa..
Bit of a mix and match today from manager Tim Sherwood's pre Stoke press conference.
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