Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce has heaped praise on recent loan recruits Yannick Bolasie and Tammy Abraham, as reported by Goal.

The Premier League pair were handed home debuts in last night’s 2-0 win over Rotherham United and both etched their names on the scoresheet.

20-year-old forward Abraham joined from Chelsea on a season-long loan on Deadline Day, whereas Bolasie made the temporary switch from Everton a week prior.

With Bruce under mounting pressure, the pair provided the Villains with a much-needed injection of flair and were vital as Paul Warne’s Millers were swept aside.

Speaking about Abraham, Bruce claimed that the young forward will ‘only get better’:

“I’m sure he’ll be delighted with the goal.

“It’s the first time he’s played back-to-back games since last December.

“He can only get better; he’s a very, very good young player. Hopefully, he’s got a bright future here.”

The Aston Villa manager then offered kind words for Bolasie:

“As a substitute for half an hour, he’s shown just how good he can be.

“Fitness-wise, he’s still a little short. But we’ll build him up with half an hour here, 45 minutes there.

“We’ve got a long, gruelling winter ahead. We’ve only just started and he’ll have a big part to play.”

The focus has been on the club’s shaky backline in recent weeks but Bruce was keen to discuss the array of attacking options at his disposal:

“Tammy has Kodjia and Grealish to one side, Bolasie, El Ghazi and Adomah all in and around him, too.

“We’ve got a threat at the top end of the pitch.

“John McGinn had another good evening, as did Conor Hourihane, who’s forced his way back into the team. That’s how quickly it can change.

“They can all rest easy that they performed well.”

Sheffield Wednesday visit Villa Park on Saturday and another win would further ease the pressure on the under-fire Bruce.

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