Date: 21st June 2018 at 2:06pm
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With manager Steve Bruce and Aston Villa continuing preparations for the 2018/19 Championship campaign, looking purely from a squad strengthening position, the biggest gap we have in the squad is defence following the departure of John Terry.

With Chris Samba going and Tommy Elphick reportedly halfway out the door given a speculated permanent switch to Reading, fans also have concerns that we’ll have to cash in on James Chester as well.

I know Alan Hutton gives the proverbial 150% but I’m not sure we can rely on him to fill multiple positions in a single game!

Centre-halves have been a hot topic for silly season’s rumour mill, we’ve had Michael Hefele linked, Robert Huth and some French bloke along with many more the last few weeks – and that’s before I mention Axel Tuanzebe.

The latest is former West Bromwich Albion player Gareth McAuley and the more you think about it, the more it probably isn’t as stupid a link as you’d first think.

The 38-year-old Northern Ireland international is now a free agent following his release this summer and it’s believed he feels he has one more good year left in him at least.

He’s got over 500 games experience under his belt, many times as skipper I believe, and he made 19 appearances for the Baggies and his country in 2017/18. Despite the problems our near neighbours faced themselves last season on a quick scout I can’t find a single fan with a bad word to say about his performances, professionalism and his attitude.

In fact, plenty thought he’d be worth another 12 months as an option and reliable cover, let alone for the effect he’d have off the pitch.

He could fulfil that role for us on a short-term basis, as whatever happens off the pitch this summer, we have a hole of some kind to fill financially even if it’s not to the levels the press suggests.

If we have to more lean on our youth, McAuley could be a fantastic additional voice on and off the pitch as we let the next generation find their feet, whilst cutting our cloth in the process.

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11 Replies to “Steve Bruce Rumoured To Be Going All Dad’s Army For 2018/19”

  • Everyone knows we need 1 or 2 CB’s so the press seem to be using it as a lazy way of filling space. We seem to get linked with a different one every day.

    • Agreed, I’m picking and choosing what spec to cover based on completely ‘batpoo’ so needs mentioning or ‘possible’ worth mentioning. It’s Grealish to Liverpool today btw.

  • I’m not into the idea at all – we need to look forward, not back. Surely he’d want fairly high wages as well? But with Bruce in charge, there’s every chance we’ll fill up again with ‘tried and tested’ pros rather than the youth.

    • My thinking was Rangers seem to be his other option – money we can probably still beat them, yet save on last season – whilst replacing Terry’s professional attitude to life around the club. Tenuous I know, but it’s where we are at the moment. Lean on him for the more key games, playing the youngsters at other times, just to take some pressure off them.

  • Bruce always goes for experience and that been the downfall and finacial problems we have been left with now
    Bruce is the problems and should not be allowed anywhere near the team. The owner has failed this club as Bruce should have been sacked after the play off farce

  • I don’t think he will be satisfied until they are all about his age. I heard Geoff Hurst can score goals still. Xia is an idiot but Bruce is a stupid one as well. We have all these good U23 player. I can’t call them kids anymore because they have been waiting so long for a chance. It will not only save the club a lot of cash, they could make the club instantly competitive. I really think Xia is the stupid one for tolerating this.

  • Totally agree Xia is the problem putting up with this. As for our youth,they should move on, they will never get a chance other than 5 mins while Bruce is in charge, he’s taking the piss lining the pockets of footballs pensioners,put some faith in our youngsters for gods sake. probably replace Grealish with 3 old mates from Wigan and Hull.

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