Date: 6th August 2018 at 4:32pm
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With confirmation of the arrival of Manchester United youngster Axel Tuanzebe on a loan spell for the Championship campaign of 2018/19, it’s also being reported that we have stepped up our chase for Bristol City left-back Joe Bryan.

The 24-year-old fullback has been heavily linked with a departure from Ashton Gate all summer, and Aston Villa were one of the clubs linked even when we didn’t have two bob to rub together.

Following our takeover and our immediate financial concerns being taken care of, it’s now been claimed that we have had a £6million bid accepted by the club and he could now be the first signing of Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens tenure.

He’s also being linked with Middlesbrough.

The left side of defence could certainly do with strengthening as Neil Taylor hasn’t really ripped up any trees and has basically been replaced by Alan Hutton and Bryan is rated and wouldn’t be a bad capture in my humble at that fee.

I’m not alone in that thought.


2 Replies to “Could Villa Make It Two Signings In A Day After Offer Was Accepted”

  • If we can wrestle Bryan away from Middlesbrough’s clutches, I think we will have done good business. Left back is a position where we have limited options and, although Alan Hutton has covered gamely in that area, we only have Neil Taylor of the left foot variety.

    With Tuanzebe secured on loan, the other obvious area where we have needed strengthening has been addressed. Although it could be argued that we do not have a really tall centre back to really command in the air, we do have several viable options, who can do a decent job.

    If the Bryan deal does go through, I just wonder if Bruce might go against his instincts and be tempted to play with a three-man defence. Bryan offers a genuine wing back option, which cannot not really be said of Neil Taylor’s game. With De Laet showing excellent form down the right flank and Elmohamady also comfortable in that more attacking role, this format promises some potential for the manager to ponder.

    Tuanzebe will offer pace in the centre of defence, where mobility amongst the other senior centre backs lies modest at best and slow at worst. Playing three in central defence just might suit the young Manchester United man, especially as he settles into life back at Villa.

    Of course, Bruce is an animal of self-preservation, who rarely errs towards the adventurous. More often than not, he will favour the more stifling game with a heavily stocked midfield. This may mean he resorts back to his stodgy 4-5-1 set up or 4-4-1-1 if he is feeling lucky. Fortunately for him, he has so many central midfielders, he won’t be short of options. If anything, his problem is going to be keeping everyone happy because, despite his attempts to suggest otherwise, he has probably got the biggest squad assembled in the Championship.

  • Well Bruce did play 352 quite a lot when he was at Hull so wouldn’t be too much of a surprise to see him do it. He’s tried it a couple of times since he’s been with us but the players just don’t look comfortable in that formation. We’ve look far stronger in a 4141 due to the players we have – however a few new signings could give him the option of going 3 at the back

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