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