ASTON VILLA MAN FLYING HIGH IN AUSTRALIA

Aston Villa player Ross McCormack is flying high in Australia. The Villa misfit seems to be hacking it in the faraway nation. He recently scored his 13th goal in the Australian soccer league while in action for Melbourne City.

City played Central Coast Mariners over the weekend in the A-League. The game ended 2-2 as City came from behind to force a draw. McCormack was on target yet again, making the record for the fastest player to reach the 13-goal mark in the history of the A-League.
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STEVE BRUCE LOOKING FOR A KEEPER

Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce said that he is desperate to sign goalkeeper Sam Johnstone who is currently on loan from Manchester United on a permanent basis. Sam Johnstone is currently in his second season with Aston Villa, and Bruce has revealed that he wants him to stay in the long run.

 

 

Steve Bruce said that Sam Johnstone is a great goalkeeper and that there is no doubt that he can play at the highest level. He feels however that there are currently some good goalkeepers at Manchester United and that the young player will have some problem breaking into the first team there.

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Steve Bruce gives his thanks to Tottenham Hotspur

One of Aston Villa´s summer arrivals is the 20 year old English midfielder Josh Onomah who completed his move from Tottenham Hotspur over to Villa Park on a season loan deal.


The youngster made his very 1st start as a player of Aston Villa during the Curabao Cup match between his club and Colchester United.

Josh Onomoah made an impressive performance during that game as he appeared to be comfortable on the ball and also managed to read as well as make plays on various occasions.

The head coach of Aston Villa, Steve Bruce showed his gratitude towards Tottenham Hotspur after this imposing performance from Josh Onomoah as the 56 year old English tactician said: (more…)


ASTON VILLA GET TWO NEW PLAYERS

Aston Villa have continued with adding more experienced players to the team this summer.


The Championship side signed Stoke City midfielder Glenn Whelan and then agreed terms with free agent Christopher Samba.

The 33-year old Whelan agreed to a two year deal. He has 336 caps for Stoke and has featured 81 times for the Republic of Ireland. The player joined the Potters from Sheffield Wednesday in January 2008 for £500,000. He scored six times in his stay there, including the famous 90-minute equalizer at Villa Park in 2009.

Samba, 33, left his Greek employers Panathinaikos earlier this year. He spent his pre-season with the club before agreeing to a year deal. He has experience playing for Blackburn and Queen Park Rangers. He moved to England to play for the Rovers from Hertha Berlin in 2007. He netted 18 times in 186 games for Blackburn. (more…)


VILLA REJECT BID FOR FRENCH STAR

Aston Villa are trying their best not to release French star Jordan Amavi on the cheap. The French striker, who is attracting interests in the market. Liverpool were reportedly linked with the player in the past, and now several sides have opened up lines of communication with the player, including Spanish Primera Liga outfit Sevilla.

Amavi is on the transfer list as manager Steve Bruce does not see what other see in him. Marca claims that La Liga side Sevilla asked that Aston Villa transfer the player to them for £5.3 million but Villa say they would not release him for anything less than £9 million. Villa paid that amount for the player barely two years ago so the club chief Tony Xia wants something close. (more…)


Aston Villa keen on reunion with Hull City Defender

Aston Villa have been linked with a potential move for Hull City’s Ahmed Elmohamady following the Tigers’ relegation from the top flight.


The Egypt international previously plyed his trade under Bruce at the KCOM Stadium before the latter switched clubs due to a disagreement over the transfer plans last summer.Elmohamady, who currently has two years left on his contract, admitted in February that he was gutted by the Englishman’s exit, but wishes him well on his fresh challenge at Villa Park.

“He’s a big manager, one of the most experienced in England, and it was very, very disappointing when he left,” he told The Guardian.

“The fans were disappointed, the players were disappointed, but it was to do with the board and you can’t do anything with it. He’s doing a great job now with Villa so I wish him all the best, and I don’t know what is going to happen in the future.” (more…)


Aston Villa is slowly recovering from their mediocre start of the season

Aston Villa kicked off their 2016-17 English League Championship campaign by suffering 3 defeats, 7 draws and only 1 victory from their 11 initial league matches.


It’s because of this slow start of the season that Aston Villa was drowning in the bottom spots of the 2nd tier English League.

For the past few weeks, Steve Bruce and his squad have started to collect more points on a consistent basis and have slowly been recovering from their underwhelming start of campaign.

The latest league match of Aston Villa saw them claiming a 2-0 triumph over Wigan Athletic in a match that was played on March 18 and this victory was their 5th triumph out of their 6 latest games. (more…)


BRUCE – NEW SIGNINGS CAN HANDLE PRESSURE AT VILLA

Steve Bruce has come out to defend his signings as the team’s woeful performance continues.


The Villa boss has supervised five losses in the last nine games despite starting with a stellar record of seven games undefeated. The coach defended his signings, saying any that joined the club and prospective ones were capable of handling the pressure at a club like Aston Villa before they were signed.

Three straight losses without any goal is threatening the fine start of the manager. The FA Cup exit, the 13th spot on the current Championship log and 10 points off the play-off spot is a bad omen for Bruce who might also get evicted from his seat as Villa are desperate for the quickest return to top flight English football.

“If there’s been a falling, we’ve just bought and bought and bought. It’s just piled and piled and piled that has not improved. But we are a big scalp. Everyone wants to beat us in this division. I have to be 100% right that the people who we are bringing to the club can handle playing for Aston Villa, Bruce was quoted to have said. (more…)


ASTON VILLA LINKED WITH HULL CITY FORWARD

Aston Villa have been linked with Hull City forward Abel Hernandez.


Sources from Italy report that the English side want to make a move for the player in the January transfer window. The reports say Steve Bruce is impressed with the performance of the striker and wants to add him to the team when the opportunity presents itself.

The 26-year old Uruguay international is supposed to lead the front row attack when current strikers who are Africans return to play the African Cup of Nations in the New Year. The player was speculated massively during the summer but the deal did not happen. Villa would likely go the extra mile when the next transfer window opens.

Bruce would be hoping that the core of the team that played during the last international window this year return without injuries. A large chunk of the team travelled for various World Cup qualifying campaigns and/or international friendlies but Bruce would be hoping they all come back unscathed as they continue the season.

Already when Aston Villa visit Amex on Friday, they would be without Mile Jedinak. The midfielder would be on international duty for Australia and Bruce feels he would not have enough time to recover before the trip; hence, there are plans for his replacement.

Jedinak’s likely replacement is any of Ashley Westwood, Leandro Bacuna, Tommy Elphick or Aaron Tshibola. Westwood remains the most likely as a tested player. Where there has been openings say due to injuries, Westwood has always helped.

Bacuna has the edge due to his energy and drive. Injury made his miss the last two games. If he passes a final fitness test ahead of the clash, Bruce might give him the nod. Tshibola and Elphick are options however unlikely.


PETROV BELIEVES HE CAN COACH ASTON VILLA

The former Aston Villa midfielder, Stiliyan Petrov is sure that one day he will manage his former club Aston Villa, but insists he is not ready to succeed Roberto Di Matteo who was recently sacked.


The winner of UCL at Chelsea, Di Matteo was sacked by Villa this week, with the club sitting 19th in the Championship following their relegation from the Premier League last season.

The 37-year old was forced to retire from playing football in 2013 after being diagnosed with acute leukemia while he remains the fans’ favorite at Villa Park.

After failing to return to action with Villa following his illness, Petrov believes he can divert into coaching, nevertheless, he will not be putting himself in the frame for the Villa job this time around.

“I have always been honest with myself and I know that I am not ready for that job,” he told talkSPORT. “I know one day I will become Villa manager, but it is way too early for me. They need a good manager, an experienced manager, who can bring stability to the club. It is about results. If you don’t get results, you obviously don’t stay in your job.”
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