Steve Bruce praises Aston Villa midfielder Glenn Whelan

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.

Glenn Whelan was heavily criticised by sections of Aston Villa's support during his first few weeks at the club.

Steve Bruce manager of Aston Villa looks on prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Bristol City at Villa Park on February 28, 2017 in Birmingham, England.

Steve Bruce’s comments to Aston Villa’s official website suggest that Glenn Whelan may just have proven a lot of supporters wrong.

Whelan faced a great deal of criticism during his first few weeks at Villa, with claret and blues’ fans failing to see what the central midfielder offered.

However, as Vila’s form has improved, Whelan’s performances have become better and better.

The Republic of Ireland is now playing a vital role in the Villans’ midfield.

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

And Bruce said that Whelan was the best player on the pitch, during his side’s 2-0 victory over Ipswich Town yesterday.

He said: “Whelan has played three games in a week.

“For his age, to do that was fantastic. I thought he was the best player on the pitch. It's a great testament to him.”

Glenn Whelan of Aston Villa and Jerome Sinclair of Watford during the pre season friendly match between Aston Villa and Watford  at Villa Park on July 29, 2017 in Birmingham, England.

Albert Adomah stole the headlines off Whelan, after scoring two goals against Ipswich, as he continued his fine form.

Villa have picked up some excellent results recently, with Bruce’s side starting to hit top gear.

Villa are currently in fourth place in the Championship table, and they are starting to put pressure on the top two.

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