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Steve Bruce shares the characteristics he has looked for in his Aston Villa signings

Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce looks on during the Pre-Season Friendly between AFC Telford United and Aston Villa at New Bucks Head Stadium on July 12, 2017 in Telford, England.

The Aston Villa boss has intentionally brought players with a certain type of experience to the club.

Manager of Aston Villa Steve Bruce during the pre season friendly match between Aston Villa and Watford  at Villa Park on July 29, 2017 in Birmingham, England.

Steve Bruce has had a certain characteristic in mind when recruiting players for Aston Villa, and he’s convinced that will stand the team in good stead during their rocky start to the season.

In a report by the Birmingham Mail, the Villa boss said that in the likes Neil Taylor, John Terry, Ahmed Elmohamady and Glenn Whelan the claret and blues have players who are “used to performing under pressure and have the experience to handle it.”

Aston Villa's new signing John Terry and manager Steve Bruce during the press conference at Villa Park on July 3, 2017 in Birmingham, England.

Terry has been made Villa’s new club captain upon arriving, while Taylor, Elmohamady and Whelan have all performed well during the first four games of the campaign.

The theme of signing experienced players who, in Bruce’s words, “know how to deal with it when it gets tough” looks set to continue too, with a loan deal for West Ham’s Robert Snodgrass expected by the Birmingham Mail.

Snodgrass played 32 times for Bruce when the pair were together at Hull so, along with Elmohamady, is a player who the former Premier League-winning defender knows well.

Robert Snodgrass of Scotland in action during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier between Scotland and England at Hampden Park National Stadium on June 10, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Bruce’s recruitment strategy paid off last time out when, after a winless start to the season, Villa recorded a 4-2 victory at home against Norwich.

It was a timely victory with the Daily Star suggesting the former Hull manager had just three games to save his job, and more wins of that ilk will be needed to climb up towards the promotion places this season.

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