Date: 4th August 2018 at 3:46pm
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Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce held his first pre-match press conference of the summer on Friday afternoon and with the club releasing the shirt numbers for the coming 2018/19 campaign, we can take a stab at where he’s looking to strengthen whilst the summer transfer window remains open.

Bruce admitted that with summer departures seeing players move on as their contracts expired or their loans last season expire, he was five or six players short of where he’d like the squad to be, but he’s confident that one or two deals will come off for him with approaches being made following on from the arrival of goalkeeper Andre Moreira the other day.

The implication seemed to be permanent deals, as he spoke of the potential for more once the deadline shuts but the loan window itself remained open.

With the club also releasing the shirt numbers ahead of Monday evening’s clash with Hull City as we open the year properly, although shirt numbers aren’t as reliable as they used to be, I think it’s safe to say the numbers missing provide a good indication of the types of players he’s looking to bring in this year.

2. Ritchie De Laet
3. Neil Taylor
5. James Chester
6. Glenn Whelan
8. Henri Lansbury
9. Scott Hogan
10. Jack Grealish
12. Jed Steer
14. Conor Hourihane
15. Mile Jedinak
16. James Bree
17. Keinan Davis
19. Andre Green
20. Birkir Bjarnason
21. Alan Hutton
23. Andre Moreira
24. Tommy Elphick
25. Gary Gardner
26. Jonathan Kodjia
27. Ahmed Elmohamady
29. Rushian Hepburn-Murphy
31. Mark Bunn
33. Matija Sarkic
37. Albert Adomah

Numbers 1, 4, 7, and 11 standout for the traditionalists amongst us and James Chester returns as skipper once more.


3 Replies to “Bruce Confirms Offers For Players – Aston Villa Help To Identify The Positions”

  • Anyone would think poor old Brucie has a threadbare squad. He mentioned having irons in the fire for one or two, but also added in his press conference that his aim was to secure four or five (I assume the others to be loans).

    Who has he really lost? His loan players, who were there to patch up his previous transfer mistakes. He also lost the ageing Terry and the hopeless Agbonlahor, who contributed nothing to speak off during his final four year sabbatical.

    There are twenty four players listed above and you could easily add Clark, Suliman, Bedeau, O’Hare, Lyden, Doyle-Hayes, Blackett-Taylor and McKirdy to his overall options. That’s thirty two players at his disposal. Add another four or five newies and we are up to thirty seven. Can he really be serious and play the deprived old gaffer act much longer? His pitiful demeanor almost brings me to tears and puts old Albert Steptoe’s line ‘I’m an old man, ‘arold’ to shame.

    All I’ll say is if he cannot get it right with nigh on double the options most of the other managers have got at their disposal, he cannot trot out all the excuses again come the end of this season.

    • Have to agree with you Tony 100%.
      I like the guy but his style is too old now.
      The game has evolved past his ways.

  • I now realise I had forgotten to include Richards, Tshibole and the special one (Mr McCormack).

    That makes a nice round 40!

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