Steve Bruce is very happy with the new look Villa side and how the additions are fitting in. This week, the manager has said “I like our balance. We look far better, far stronger and better equipped in terms of the experience we’ve got”.
It is hard not to agree with Bruce as signings like John Terry, Glenn Whelan and Chris Samba have definitely added experience.
We also look more balanced, last season I felt that we had a group of individuals instead of a team. Whelan and Ahmed Elmohamady bring with them a lot of ability and help to balance out a midfield that never looked settled. Henri Lansbury and Conor Hourihane have yet to find their best in a Villa shirt and have certainly lacked any kind of consistency. There was a lot of pressure placed on Mile Jedinak and it was clear to see for everyone when he was unavailable.
We also have undoubtedly become a much stronger side, as we have good depth in the squad for once. I feel that we have options all over the pitch. The options aren’t just youngsters too, with the likes of Scott Hogan, Jonathan Kodjia and Ross McCormack up front, and James Chester, Terry and Samba in defence.
Former Middlesborough manager Aitor Karanka also agrees with Bruce, saying “Incredible experience” will prove crucial for us, and that “John Terry is without a doubt the signing of the championship season.”
The added experience in the squad is going to be so important to us this season, we have a champions league winner in our squad. These players can handle pressure better than the less experienced players and hopefully, this can be the difference between getting promoted and staying in this division.
When Bruce is happy, then we know that something must be good. Bruce is the first to admit when something is bad or hasn’t gone well, as we have all seen in his post match interviews.
These words from the manager do make me feel slightly more confident for the upcoming championship season and it gives me hope that we might actually be able to get promoted this season.
Our main problem last season was inconsistency and the added experience will hopefully prove vital in keeping good results coming and keep them consistent.
I don’t think that we need to make any more signings this season and we should focus on making sure that the squad we have now is as strong as possible and can get us back where we belong, in the Premier League.
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