Date: 29th August 2018 at 9:00pm
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Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce confirmed post Burton Albion that winger Andre Green was set for a loan spell to League One side Portsmouth to get some good game time under his belt this season.

I’m not surprised by the reaction of some fans on social media, but we now live in a world where you want your cake, to eat it, but never see the cake actually diminish in size because you should never have to pay for cake again.

The 20-year-old talent heads out to Fratton Park on a loan deal described as ‘season-long’ but we have a January break clause (like all loan deals) where we can reassess our options and flame me now – this makes 100% sense to me.

With five appearances so far in 2018/19 but the majority from the substitutes bench, Green should now get the opportunity for far more consistent game time to bring on his development and turn his potential into reality with League One highs and lows.

Some of the reactions to this are hysterical and it proves how far some will go to criticise Bruce, regardless of how baseless it is.

At least some see sense.

Given Green was panned by some following Yeovil it would be fun to compare the complainers there but I really can’t be bothered. Seems the lad can’t make mistakes or put in a poor performance for us, but he can’t elsewhere because he’s so good and consistent he must be in the team.

You can’t celebrate Anwar El Ghazi and Yannick Bolasie coming in given the wide options presented by Adomah and Elmo and then moan when a sensible decision is taken to ensure a youngster gets experience for his development and doesn’t sit in the Under 23s.

I rate the lad and its 100% what he needs at this moment in time. Good luck Andre, show what you’re capable of.


9 Replies to “Why Won’t Bruce Play Four Wide Attackers – Expected Nonsense Reaction To Loan Confirmation”

  • I for one do not like Steve Bruce….The horrendous tactics…Poor team decisions…Man-Management of certain players…players out of position…poor style of football…

    I would rather see a manager like Dean Smith have a go at the role.

    We went into the play-off final playing inferior football to Fulham. So far this season, there is clear evidence that we have not learnt from that disaster. Still the same dour style of play…just enough to get draws from Ipswich, Brentford and Reading. People say we have had a good start to the season, but these 3 team we should be beating if we have a chance of going up. Under Bruce, I would not want to go into another Play-Offs.

    I really hope these owners are the real deal. This manager is not and needs to go asap.

  • I’m in agreement with you Mike, makes perfect sense for him to get regular game time and get his form back. I do wonder just how many of the people complaining about this loan move are the same ones who moan Green isn’t good enough and gave him stick for his performances this season.

  • Sorry Mike ( and Gary ) but I disagree. In my opinion this is a big mistake. Andre Green is a huge talent and at 20 should be playing more and more first team football for Aston Villa. Elmo is not a real wide option, he is a RB.
    Bolasie is not yet fit enough to play and a risk. In addition, during pre-season Green proved that he can score playing in a striker’s role.

  • Sorry to say but I agree with Robs comments Bruce has had his day and it’s time for a new manager just look at Leeds virtually the same team as last season but a new manager brought in and they are doing a Wolves look very much like they will stroll it, and if we’re honest we are just going down the same path as last season, and if we don’t sign a LB and a striker in the next 48 hrs promotion is out of the question and I can see us struggling to finish mid table. All a question as to whether our new owners will be prepared to accept that and continue to back Bruce, personally I don’t think so.

    • So tell me. Which of the last 10 Villa managers was better than Bruce? Which of them did you not demand to be sacked?

      • My previous comment on Bruce are based on timing. At the time when we got him, we needed to stable the ship (stop a slide). He was ideal to consolidate a position, but reversing the slide is well out of his capabilities. Seriously, we will not be promoted if he is at the healm come January 1st. I am surprised the board are sticking with him considering he gives none of our youth players a chance.

        We need to move to stage 2 of the recovery and appoint someone to get us playing competitive modern football. This will involve some risks but without risks we will not be promoted.

        I probably suspect the owners will aim for a big name (continental) but with his known links to the club, Dean Smith would command huge backing. The feel of getting promoted with one of our own, playing modern attractive football would be an immense feeling. His record as a manager at this level is very good, Villa would give him the platform to build a legacy.

    • Really! I’d have a hefty wager with you that we wont struggle to make mid table. Leeds were top this time last season as well before it all fell apart so don’t get carried away with that. Oh and they have also outspent us this summer so don’t get the same team quote.

  • Very good link, Faz.

    So many of observations in the article continue to ring true to this day. Tactical shortcomings, player fall outs, players bought and then not used…….

    Individually, a number of the new signings look good, but the squad is all over the place. Too many in some positions, too few in others. Players ignored or put out on loan, whilst others played out of position or persisted with, well beyond their sell by dates.

    Four promotions – yes, even though two were fought out through the play offs and two were over a decade ago. Nevertheless four promotions. Maybe Bruce will stumble upon a winning formula (he has before), but will he really find enough consistency?

    His career points success is 46.7%, which would equate to 64 points in the Championship. With Villa he has managed 54.5%, which would raise the points tally to 75, which would equate to 6th last season. However, it could be argued 2016/17 was partly a recovery season, so perhaps last season’s showing was a better reflection of the team’s potential. Are there signs we are going to be significantly better this time though?

    For me, Bruce is very much old school and would probably agree himself and unashamedly so. I just have the feeling the football world has moved on further than he appreciates and he will find it a tough order this term.

  • To reply to your question just saying, of the last 10 managers prior to SB, John Gregory, Graham Taylor, Martin O’Neil, and Tim Sherwood were, without doubt, much better.
    Houllier, Remi Garde and RDM are debatable for different reasons.
    I would put SB close to O’Leary, McLeish and Lambert – certainly in terms of the quality of football seen.

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