Ahmed Elmohamady has suggested that the chance to be reunited with Steve Bruce provided a big incentive to make the move from Hull City to Aston Villa during the summer transfer window, the Express and Star reports.
Elmohamady was one of the few arrivals during a much more low-key summer for the Villans - barring the arrival of John Terry - and he has made a bright start to life with the club.
The move to Villa Park presented the wide-man with the chance to work with Bruce for the third time, with the Egyptian playing under him for both Sunderland and Hull previously.
And he suggested that being given the opportunity to work with Bruce again was a key reason behind his decision to make the switch from their Championship rivals.
“Aston Villa was a very big thing for me to approach me, and of course I had been with Steve Bruce for a long time so that was also one of the reasons why I joined them," he said, as reported by the Express and Star.
"He’s someone I’m very familiar with and I know how he works having spent time with him at Hull. So that was a big incentive as well.”
It is not difficult to see why Bruce wanted Elmohamady in his ranks this term, as he not only provides some creativity down that right flank, but also provides plenty of versatility.
The 30-year-old has been deployed in every position down that line, and has contributed three assists in the Championship along the way. And that consistency will surely go a long way to helping the side put themselves in promotion contention this term.