Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce has had praised heaped upon him by a Sheffield Wednesday midfielder, as reported by The Star.

England Under-21 international Joshua Onomah spent last season on loan at Villa Park but made the temporary switch to Hillsborough from parent club Tottenham Hotspur in the summer.

Bruce has faced fierce criticism from Villa supporters after a series of underwhelming displays but Onomah believes that the former Hull City boss can bounce back:

“Steve Bruce is an amazing guy. On and off the pitch, he always made sure that I was feeling good. I learned a lot from him.

“Steve has a lot of experience. He has won a lot of promotions. I’m sure he knows what he’s doing and he will come back from this.”

Onomah made 37 appearances in all competitions for Villa last season and spoke about returning to the Midlands with Sheffield Wednesday:

“It will be strange going there because I have never played against a club who I have been at before.

“I’m excited and hopefully I can play a part in that game. I’m not sure. It could go either way but I’m still looking forward to playing there.”

The creative midfielder also discussed his time at Villa Park and the heartbreak of the play-off final defeat at Wembley:

“I learned a lot last season. It was my first season in the Championship. It is a very tough, competitive league. I learned a lot from all the staff, especially Steve Bruce and all the experienced players there like John Terry. It was a very beneficial loan for me.

“It was heartbreaking. We worked hard all season to get there. We were just unfortunate not to cross the finish line.”

Sheffield Wednesday sat 13th in the Championship table ahead of yesterday’s clash trailing Villa by just two points. However, the Owls’ 2-1 victory took them above their opponents ahead of the upcoming midweek games.