Date: 16th August 2018 at 9:00am
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Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce confirmed after the Yeovil Town game that he was targeting further additions with the loan transfer window remaining open until the end of August.

Having taken a 1-0 victory over Yeovil at Huish Park on Tuesday evening, courtesy of a Conor Hourihane effort, it does make it three wins from three at the start of the 2018/19 season and we have to go back to the 1960’s before we’ve started a campaign that brightly.

Brightly on a results front, not necessarily a performance front but you can only beat what’s in front of you.

With Bruce talking about his hopes of strengthening further, a number of fans believe we need at least three new faces in before the real deadline window this season closes, despite the shenanigans to give Sky two mental days of nonsense and guff.

Others, well, they thought we had enough in the group to give things a go – if our tactics were better.

Imagine how the toys will come out the pram when we lose one!

I’d say it’s obvious where we do need to strengthen and provide additional cover given the injuries we have but it’s also obvious that we need to improve our performance levels. Bruce has stabilised us, now we find out whether he can marry that with better football.


10 Replies to “Bruce’s Transfer Announcement Re-sparks Some Old Aston Villa Debates”

  • Better football? I wouldn’t hold your breath, Mike! Bruce may well get the job done in terms of promotion, but it won’t be pretty. Workmanlike yes, easy-on-the-eye football? I doubt it. I am by no means anti-Bruce, but it’s not very often I enjoy watching us. But, needs must I suppose.

  • We should have stuck with any one of the wonderful progressive managers who proceeded Bruce. Di Matteo – Played 12. Won 1. Garde – Played 23. Won 3. Sherwood – Played 28. Won 10. Lambert – Played 115. Won 34. McLeish – Played 42. Won 9. Houllier – Played 36. Won 14. Every one a maserati of modern football. As Joni Mitchell sang: You Don’t Know What You’ve Got Til’ It’s Gone.

    • The majority were in the EPL under a disinterested owner, they kept Villa in the EPL until Lambert was sacked. The Garde never had a chance. RDM was only given 15 games. SB has been here 2 years and still doesn’t know what he is doing, high turnover of playing staff with no stability, lots of loan players, no tactics, no formations, players playing in wrong positions, hoof ball. the guy is not gonna take villa forward. He can bring in another 10 loan players then what, if we get promoted those players will leave and then we will have a less experienced squad.

  • It’s about opinions, but in my opinion, Steve Bruce is the perfect fit for AVFC NOW.. he has stabilized the Club from a precarious situation. He has respect from the players. Last season was the first time in years that you felt that we had a group of players who WANTED to play for Villa and who CARED… To me this matters more than pretty football..much more.. Improvement is definitely needed. Ideally 4 players IMO ( perhaps 3 loans and an out of contract player?).. Left footed centre half and left back..wide player and most importantly a cente forward who can hold ball up and bring Jack into play..who is the question!

  • We desperately need a CB. I’m not confident with the ones we have anyway but if one of them picks up an injury we dont have enough to cover there. Wouldn’t mind another striker if a decent one is available either but CB should be the priority

  • Regarding the comments about SB I would just say that as mentioned earlier he has steadied the ship and irr spective of the way we have been playing we have won the first 3 of our games for the first time since 1962 under Joe Mercer. Frankly we need to get out of this league ASAP and if it means for the rest of th season playing boring football but winning and getting automatic promotion I would take that all day long. Then once back where we belong we will get the better Sky money and bein a position to buy better players. Give SB a chance I say.

  • I was all for sacking Bruce. But ffp limits us till March 2019. I think after that we are going to see a new manager irrespective of what league we in. The new owners need time to sort out the exact direction. Bruce is a good option for now. We are in good hands amigos, a lot to be happy about. 3 wins and owners that look like they know what they have put themselves forward for. Unlike Randolph and the Chinese poker player.

  • Retaining Bruce was probably the right tactical move for Sawiris and Edens, given the late stage of their arrival, just prior to the season start, and the changes that had been applied by Dr Xia. Although I have genuine doubts about the manager’s methods and selections, the new owners must have been mindful that his retention carried less risk than further change and might better help them win over supporters at a precarious time.

    Although Steve Bruce will feel confident with the endorsement he has been given by his new bosses, he will know that he will have to deliver. I should imagine that the play offs will be seen as the minimum benchmark.

    With three more loan births still permitted, I am sure we will attempt to fill them all. Cover in wide positions and a striker have been mentioned and, like many others on this forum, I would agree Chester needs a centre back partner. I really don’t think Jedinak is the answer, although I am relieved Ciaran Clark has been ruled out by Rafa Benitez. I always felt there was a mistake waiting to happen with the Irishmen. Unfortunately, I think the same blight often applies to Tommy Elphick.

    There currently seems little press reports of potential recruits in this key position. With Michael Hefele recruited by Forest and Trent Sainsbury now with PSV, only Robert Huth from the original list of suspects remains. I guess he may be deemed too old by the new owners, so will there be anyone else considered?

    If Sam McQueen or, more likely, Matt Targett were to come in to cover the left back/left wing back birth, that could fill one gap. In many ways, I would still like Marcus Maddison to come in on a ‘loan to buy’ deal, but Leeds are now keen and could we really bring both a left winger as well as a left back? I doubt it. it would probably be an either/or decision.

    As for strikers, I have my doubts Tammy Abraham or Isaac Success will come in, so will Bruce do all his shopping in one place and try again for his favourite, Sam Gallagher?

    Plenty of questions to be answered again.

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