Date: 5th September 2018 at 7:00am
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Aston Villa’s heavy and embarrassing defeat to Sheffield United at Bramall Lane last weekend has brought a number of topics back to the fore and put them front and centre stage once again.

The future of manager Steve Bruce is certainly one of those debates but it’s also fair to say that summer signing Orjan Nyland hasn’t really covered himself in glory yet. Yes he’s still looking to settle in a new country and a new division and all that brings with it, which can’t be ignored, and he’s probably getting some unfair harsh treatment from fans given the lack of stability and balance in our defence.

But he hasn’t helped himself at other times either. Andre Moreira hasn’t fared that well either in his couple of outings as he’s also settling in.

With Jed Steer not putting a foot wrong really in the opening day victory over Hull City, plenty raised eyebrows when he was loaned out to Charlton Athletic – especially as he’s actually out of contract next summer.

All in all it looks like another bad decision and whilst there’s plenty of sense in trying to get Steer through a full season of games without injuries hitting, bringing in both goalkeepers as late in the day as we did, wouldn’t it have made more sense to lead with Steer and let them settle and if Nyland or Moreira had then made a greater shot at the shirt – get Steer out then for greater game time.

All we seem to have achieved is in frustrating one man whilst throwing another in at the deep and we’ve lost either way.

 

2 Replies to “United Loss Re-Opens Another Old Villa Debate”

  • There has to be mutual confidence between the goalkeeper and the defense and we do not have that this season.
    Difficult to judge Nyland with so many defensive errors and his own mistakes have made the situation worse.

  • SB shipped out Gollini on basis of his youth and inexperience in the english game ie, not prepared to wait and see if he improved. Now he has done the same with Steer yet…brings in a foreign goalkeeper who clearly needs a period of time to transition and unsurprisingly is making a mistakes and risks losing all confidence. Another personnel decision which confirms (IMO) that Bruce should not be in charge of transfers/personnel but should concentrate on managing the team since he can’t assemble a balanced squad!

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