Bruce got it wrong in the loan market

Elphick is linked with a move to Turkey.

Steve Bruce made a massive deal about exploiting the loan market and rightly so. But I believe the downward spiral that led to the manager losing his job began in the loan market. Let me explain.

£70K a week

In recent weeks, it came to light that we would be paying Yannick Bolasie’s wages in full. £70,000 a week and if true, it is sickening. To me, it just rings of desperation. Bruce ran out of options and did what he always seemed to do. Just threw money at it. We should never have agreed to pay his wages in full for a player in the Championship. Bolasie has also just come back from a major injury so Everton and Bolasie would have wanted the loan move as much as Bruce.

It just isn’t logical. Now, I rate Bolasie and if he can recapture his previous form then he could prove to be a massive signing. But it is such a massive gamble. Gambles that were made last season that contributed to getting us into a lot of financial trouble during the summer.

Robert Snodgrass and Lewis Grabban would have both been loaned in on big wages last summer. And had it not been down to our new owners we could have seen our club in real deep trouble.

Andre Green

Green should not have been allowed to go on loanOne thing that has baffled me massively this season is players who were allowed to leave on loan. Andre Green comes to mind first. A player who had a good pre-season and was prefered over Albert Adomah before his injury last season. Yes, he still has a lot to prove but why are we so against giving our own youngsters this opportunity?

Could we have kept Green, saved ourselves the reported £70,000 a week and got ourselves a young promising defender from a Premiership academy?

The second player that comes to mind is Jed Steer. As I discussed in my article yesterday, the 26-year-old should have been given more of a chance this season. After we lost Sam Johnstone, I thought we would give him the chance he probably deserved. He is another who shone during pre-season and give a good account of himself during the win against Hull at the start of the season.

Tommy Elphick

Probably the most baffling of all decisions from Bruce was allowing Tommy Elphick to leave on loan. Like Steer, the defender started against Hull and he even scored too. I am sure he would be the first to admit that it was far from a perfect performance but one to build on. I can’t imagine it is easy when you are playing for a manager who clearly had no faith in you.

With a run in the team, who knows, Elphick could have grown in confidence and become a crucial player in the side this year. You can see why he would have been annoyed though after he was dropped for a defensive midfielder to play in his position. It is an area we are most vulnerable in also!

Decision making is a big thing for a manager in football. You live and die by your decisions. Sadly, for me, Bruce got it so wrong in the loan market.


  1. Agreed.

    And using a loan for Morreira, who won’t get a game, when we could have bought in a centre back or a left back was just plain stupid!

  2. Mitch Clark as well. Looked good in the few games I’ve seen him play and we only have one naturally left footed left back who has looked distinctly average. Added to the fact he has pace to burn and can get up n down the wing, I think it was criminal he was allowed to leave

    I almost think it would have been better not to get the funding from the new owners which would have forced us to play with what we have

  3. Pretty much everything Bruce did baffled me – but apparently 75% of Villa fans thought he was the best man for the job in the summer and there are still people moaning he should never have been sacked. If there is a clear change for the better on Saturday it will show just how poor Bruce was. If there is a clear change for the better by Christmas it will show Bruce was not up to the job. Whatever happens there will be some darkly muttering about it being Brucie’s team and if he’d been given a few more games and……….


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