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Bruce’s transfer decisions and game management has cost Aston Villa

Bruce’s transfer decisions and game management has cost Aston Villa

Aston Villa have been a mixed bag in the current campaign as they seem to have dropped off the pace in recent times after a positive start to proceedings. 

The Villains are without a win in their last four Championship encounters, which has certainly hampered their chances of securing an automatic promotion place this season. Indeed, Steve Bruce hasn’t been able to ensure consistency since the opening two games of the campaign, with the winning formula still missing.

Worryingly, the Englishman hasn’t been able to get the best out of his players and made a slightly questionable transfer decision during the summer that may cost them in the long run.

With that being said, here’s a look at TWO of Bruce’s biggest blunders…

Lack of defensive options

Aston Villa have had to deploy Mile Jedinak at the heart of the defence alongside James Chester due to their lack of central defensive options.

Indeed, after waving goodbye to John Terry during the summer, the Villains have failed to bring in a replacement ever since and are now left looking worse for wear in that particular area of the field.

So, Villa’s recent heavy 4-1 defeat at Bramall Lane against Sheffield United was a bit of a wake up call for Steve Bruce, and just goes to show that he made a mistake by not bringing in a central defender during the summer.

Game management

The Villains took the lead against both Reading and Ipswich Town this season but they just couldn’t hold on as they were made to settle for a draw in both matches.

Steve Bruce’s game management hasn’t quite been there in the current campaign and has forced them to drop at least four points from winning positions. And, with the Midlands club hoping to secure promotion to the Premier League after last season’s heartbreak, this is a major problem that they need to sort out.

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