Steve Bruce will need to be resourceful and prudent if he is to add depth to Aston Villa’s squad in the upcoming transfer window.

Keinan Davis has impressed everyone since he moved from non-league side Biggleswade to Villa park.  He was a product of Villa’s scouting network unearthing raw potential, which Davis has delivered on.  However his manager is aware that too much responsibility cannot be put on the 19-year-old, particularly with a compact fixture list coming up over Christmas.

As reported in the Birmingham Mail Bruce illustrated the necessity to add options and depth.

“We want someone who can lead the line and can do the job that Davis does for us.

“We don’t have millions to spend so we’ll have to be a bit more creative and hope we can borrow one or two players.

“I’m sure there will be players interested in coming to Aston Villa because of the size and the tradition of the club.”

It’s not just up front where Bruce is looking to consolidate.  Sam Johnstone is a player he would like to tie down on a permanent basis, with the goalkeeper currently on loan from Manchester United, with whom he is contracted to until next summer.  Johnstone is a player Bruce rates highly, reflective of his consistency between the posts for Villa.  And signing him on a permanent contract, would be considered a considerable coup.

Of equal importance though, is for Villa to overcome their limitations in place by Financial Fair Play {FFP} and for their manager and their scouting network to work smartly and quickly to add experience and potential in equal measure to the set-up at Villa Park.

 


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