Steve Bruce takes a bit of stick off certain sections of the Aston Villa faithful for his style of play but we all knew it potentially wasn’t going to be pretty when the former Birmingham City manager was appointed.
I thought I would take the limelight off his tactics and take a look at how his new signings are currently doing in the Claret and Blue colours.
Henri Lansbury (£2.89m)
Henri Lansbury was Steve Bruce’s first signing in January when he moved from Nottingham Forest. The midfielder was a popular figure for the Reds and has gone on to make 14 appearances since signing for Villa.
The 26-year-old has failed to get on the scoresheet or provide the team with an assist compared to the 6 goals and 3 assists he got earlier in the season for Forest.
Whoscored Rating: 6.86
James Bree (£2.98m)
James Bree was the first of two signings on the 25th January from Championship rivals Barnsley. The 19 year old has made just the 6 appearances to date due to Alan Hutton’s turn of form for the first team.
It’s a massive drop compared to the game time (19 appearances) the youngster was getting for the Tykes. He is averaging 1.5 interceptions at Villa compared to 1.1 at Barnsley.
Whoscored Rating: 6.55
Birkir Bjarnason (£1.7million)
The Icelandic midfielder was the second signing on the same day as he joined at the same time as Bree from FC Basel. The player was signed due to his versatility giving Bruce more options with his squad.
Sadly Bjarnason has only made 8 appearances due to an injury ruling him out until next season but Bruce is confident he will make an impact.
Whoscored Rating: 6.24
Conor Hourihane (£2.98m)
Hourihane was the one player that seemed to catch the fans imagination when he signed from Barnsley. He was impressing for the Yorkshire side and was a midfielder that seemed to have everything.
Villa fans are yet to see the best of the 26-year-old Republic of Ireland international who has only managed to score the 1 goal in Claret and Blue although he has contributed to 3 assists.
Whoscored Rating: 6.82
Neil Taylor (Swap deal involved Jordan Ayew)
The Welsh defender didn’t get the most overwhelming welcomes from the Villa faithful with many upset to lose Jordan Ayew as part of the deal.
The 28 year has settled at Villa and made the left back slot his own. He averages 1.4 tackles and 1.6 interceptions per game on average.
Whoscored Rating: 6.87
Scott Hogan (£8.93m)
The most expensive and arguably the most disappointing (so far) of those purchased by Steve Bruce in January.
The former Brentford striker has only found the net once in 10 appearances compared to the 14 in 25 he had for the Bees. Many Villa fans are already questioning if the 25-year-old has what it takes to play at Villa Park.
Whoscored Rating: 6.20
Sam Johnstone (Loan)
Sam Johnstone was signed on loan from Manchester United and took a little while to settle in the first team for Aston Villa.
He has gone on to make 7 clean sheets in 18 appearances and there is a possibility that his deal could be made permanent in the summer.
Whoscored Rating: 6.58
So there you have it. No-one has really set the world alight since moving to Villa Park with Neil Taylor probably being the most consistent of the new signings. Ultimately Steve Bruce will be judged on next season and he will need his new boys to help him out a lot more than they currently are. What do you think?