It seems that you would struggle to find a single Aston Villa fan pleased with reports that they are interested in signing Sam Gallagher this summer.
The 22-year-old Southampton striker did not exactly set the world alight a few miles down the road at St Andrews either. He scored a grand total of six goals in 33 Championship games for the Blues.
And, in the eyes of some Villa fans, reports in the Birmingham Mail that Steve Bruce has made Gallagher one of his top targets this summer is yet more proof that the former Sunderland boss is not the man for the job.
Villa may be in a financial mess at the moment but the club’s array of talented youngsters are at least giving the fans something to smile about. Keinan Davis made a real impression in the Championship last season despite a less-than-stellar goal tally, while Rushian Hepburn-Murphy and Callum O’Hare have shown at U23 level that they are ready to make the step up.
But signing Gallagher on loan from Southampton would only serve to benefit the Saints long term, while once again restricting first-team opportunities for Hepburn-Murphy and co.
As one Villa fan points out, is Gallagher really that much better than Davis? And this is without mentioning the fact that signing a 6ft 4ins striker does not exactly suggest that Bruce is aiming to adopt a less direct style of football.
Why? 6 goals in 33 games last year. He is no better than Davies and Hepburn Murphy. Give our players a go FFS.— Will Monk (@kese09) July 12, 2018
Bruce off developing other clubs players again. This guy isnt up to much otherwise he would surely be pushing for a start at Southampton. Lets give RHM and Davis a proper chance this year.— Patrick McGrath (@PaddyVillain) July 12, 2018
It still baffles me folks think he is doing & will do a good job! frightening! dreadful,1 dimensional manager decent in his time but not now— Stuart Cole (@StuartCole6) July 12, 2018
Twitter should really have a dislike button! Let's give our youth a chance. RHM and KD could be Villa stalwarts and heroes in the years to come— Jason Piper (@fancya6x) July 12, 2018
Hoofball to Gallagher with Hogan on the banch....Can’t wait! Meanwhile Keinan & RHM will be binned off back to the U23s or out on loan Teflon marches on..— Julie Edmonds (@Julie_Bayley_) July 12, 2018